Theatre and Celebrity in Britain, 1660–2000

  • Mary Luckhurst
  • Jane Moody

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction: The Singularity of Theatrical Celebrity

    1. Mary Luckhurst, Jane Moody
      Pages 1-11
  3. Public Intimacy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Peter Raby
      Pages 31-47
    3. Maggie B. Gale
      Pages 48-61
  4. Notoriety

  5. Markets

  6. Nation

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 233-248

About this book


Theatre has always been a site for selling outrage and sensation, a place where public reputations are made and destroyed in spectacular ways. This is the first book to investigate the construction and production of celebrity in the British theatre. These exciting essays explore aspects of fame, notoriety and transgression in a wide range of performers and playwrights including David Garrick, Oscar Wilde, Ellen Terry, Laurence Olivier and Sarah Kane. This pioneering volume examines the ingenious ways in which these stars have negotiated their own fame. The essays also analyze the complex relationships between discourses of celebrity and questions of gender, spectatorship and the operation of cultural markets.


Britain corpus discourse essay gender Great Britain history history of literature knowledge nation Oscar Wilde play stars theatre Victorian era

Editors and affiliations

  • Mary Luckhurst
    • 1
  • Jane Moody
    • 1
  1. 1.University of YorkUK

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