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The Economics of the British Stage 1800-1914
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List of illustrations; List of figures; Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; Note to readers; Introduction; Part I. Competition: Theatre and Laissez-Faire: 1. Monopoly and free trade: fair and unfair competition; 2. Property and the stakes of private interest; 3. Industrial regulation and safety; 4. Marginal economics, national interest and the half-naked woman; Part II. Ownership and Entrepreneurialism: 5. Opportunity, finance and failure; 6. Profit; 7. Business structures; 8. Gender, 'gentlemanly capitalism' and the wo-manager; Part III. Industrialization, Commodity Capitalism and Theatre Production Systems: 9. Labour and labourers; 10. Theatre as cultural capital; Appendix: 'To the public. Charles Kemble's mercies or the '999' increasing'; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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A comprehensive study of economic theory in relation to the development of nineteenth-century British theatre.

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"[A]n immensely accomplished work of theatre history." Essays in Theatre "Copious, precise, and palpable, Davis's scholarly labors--the scene of her writing--become the scrim through which to encounter the economic conditions in which British theatre was produced between the years 1800 and 1914." Theatre Journal "This book will appeal to historians of the theater and of media studies; its focus on the theater as an industry adds a new dimension. The author brings very useful statistics to illuminate the study of costs. The book will also make fascinating reading for social and cultural historians." EH.NET

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