Group Title: American theatrical tours of Charles Kean
Title: The American theatrical tours of Charles Kean
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Title: The American theatrical tours of Charles Kean
Physical Description: vii, 266 leaves : ; 28 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Strahan, Richard Denman, 1940- ( Dissertant )
Green, Richard L. ( Thesis advisor )
Abbott, Thomas B. ( Reviewer )
Homan, Sidney R. ( Reviewer )
Publisher: University of Florida
Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: 1984
Copyright Date: 1984
Subjects / Keywords: Speech thesis Ph. D
Actors -- Biography -- Great Britain   ( lcsh )
Theater -- History -- United States -- 19th century   ( lcsh )
Dissertations, Academic -- Speech -- UF
Genre: bibliography   ( marcgt )
individual biography   ( marcgt )
non-fiction   ( marcgt )
Biography   ( lcsh )
Abstract: During the forty years of his stage career--1827-67--Charles Kean was an important figure in the theatrical activity of England and America. Kean made four American theatrical tours covering eight seasons, fully one-fifth of his career. Earlier studies of Kean have concentrated primarily on studies of his period of management at the Princess's Theatre, reconstructions of his productions done during that period, analysis of his acting career, or Kean's influence on other directorial figures. The current study chronicles the American theatrical tours of Charles Kean. Local newspapers, playbills in various collections, scrapbooks kept by the Keans and others, and the letters of Charles and Ellen Kean in the Folger Shakespeare Library and other collections were used to form a chronology of performances, an assessment of popular appeal, and a compilation of critical commentary. The Keans' letters provided their personal perspective on the tours. The study is basically chronological in organization. Chapter I introduces the methods and materials used. Chapter II places Kean in the theatrical context of the nineteenth century. Chapter III surveys Kean's first American theatrical tour--1830-33--during which he experimented with new roles and developed his performance skills. Chapter IV details the second tour--1839-40--in which Kean was beset by illness and misfortune. Chapter V covers the third tour~1845-47—which reflected the influence of Kean's wife on his repertory and introduced American audiences to his historical stagings of Shakespeare. Chapter IV surveys the fourth tour--1864-66--during which Kean acted in roles representative of the breadth of his career. The Appendices provide a chronology of all confirmed performances by Charles Kean in America.
Statement of Responsibility: by Richard Denman Strahan.
Thesis: Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Florida, 1984.
Bibliography: Bibliography: leaves 260-265.
General Note: Typescript.
General Note: Vita.
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Bibliographic ID: UF00099597
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: alephbibnum - 000473777
oclc - 11665469
notis - ACN8986


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