“Down with the British Bastard!”

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History book series (PSTPH)


Hamblin hires young Louisa Medina, a prolific playwright of lurid melodramas, as a companion for Naomi Vincent, who is now living with him as common-law wife. Clifton leaves Hamblin’s orbit to perform as a star in England. To boost audiences, Hamblin introduces wild animal acts. He begins speculating in Manhattan real estate. His adultery proven, his acrimonious divorce from Elizabeth is finalized. Nativist resentment sparks a riot in the Bowery Theatre. Hamblin’s latest star is exotic French dancer Céline Céleste. Medina’s first major apocalyptic melodrama, The Last Days of Pompeii, is a massive hit, with Hamblin as the evil Arbaces.


Mazeppa Bowery Boys Junius Brutus Booth Wemyss 
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  1. 1.Independent ScholarSilver SpringUSA

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