Here is another publication that's hot off the press and just in time for Christmas! It's called 'Blockbusters of Victorian Theater, 1850–1910' and published by McFarland & Co. My chapter is called 'L'Enfant Prodigue - A Prodigious Production', all about the French pantomime production of 1890/91 which inspired Clifford Essex to create the first British seaside pierrot troupe and which also provided the subject-matter for the first ever full-length feature film to be produced in Europe. Read more about it here: mcfarlandbooks.com/product/blockbusters-of-victorian-theater-1850-1910/ 😄 ... See MoreSee Less
This coming weekend, Prom-Prom are busy brininging festivity and nonsense to the streets of Devon & Cornwall: the 'Christmas Carol-oke' with Scrooge and Christmas Present will be at the switch-on of Bodmin Christmas lights on Friday evening (24th) and then Taunton Winterfest on Sunday (26th). Meanwhile, on Saturday (25th), Captain Ginger will be out in Exeter Town Centre alongside Holly the Bubble Pixie and Penny Plonk... festive larks for all! ... See MoreSee Less
A quick heads-up that Spike & I will be performing 'A Christmas Carol-oke' in Exeter this weekend - at St Thomas' Christmas Market on Saturday and InExeter's Fore Street Christmas Flea Market on Sunday (both 12-4PM). See you there... "Bah - humbug!" ... See MoreSee Less
Some of you may be interested in the new edited collection of essays 'Blockbusters of Victorian Theatre, 1850 - 1910', just published by McFarland (ISBN: 978-1-4766-8166-5), currently in paperback and soon available as an eBook.The collection comprises 14 chapters about the most commercially successful and popular theatre productions staged in Britain and America during the long Victorian period, including one by me ‘L'Enfant Prodigue – a prodigious production’ (the French pantomime which led directly to the creation of the first British seaside pierrot troupe by Clifford Essex and also the birth of European cinema).Have a look at it here:mcfarlandbooks.com/product/blockbusters-of-victorian-theater-1850-1910/The photograph on the front cover is from my personal archive of pierrot history, showing Mademoiselle Jane May playing Pierrot Fils in the production.Ideal Christmas reading!Tony LidingtonTony ... See MoreSee Less
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