Introduction: The Singularity of Theatrical Celebrity

  • Mary Luckhurst
  • Jane Moody


Celebrity, the condition of being much talked about, is hardly an invisible phenomenon in the history of British theatre. On the contrary, its discourses constitute a silent yet pervasive presence in the accounts of performing lives through which that history has been written. Theatrical celebrity leaves behind many forms of material evidence: plays, anecdotes, photographs, cartoons, programmes, reviews, portraits and costumes. But despite its ubiquity, the nature of celebrity on and off the stage has scarcely begun to be addressed.


Private Life Theatrical Celebrity Pervasive Presence Extraordinary Actor Female Performer 
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