Teddy Brown and the Art of Performing for the British Variety Stage

Double, Oliver (2009) Teddy Brown and the Art of Performing for the British Variety Stage. New Theatre Quarterly, 25 (4). pp. 379-390. ISSN 0266-464x. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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British variety theatre has been largely ignored by theatre historians, in spite of its huge popularity in the early twentieth century. Here, Oliver Double examines variety through its exemplification in the work of one performer, Teddy Brown, a virtuoso xylophone player whose career coincided with the heyday of the variety stage between and just after the two world wars. The key historical and stylistic aspects of the form typified by Brown's success included the development of a stage persona, novelty, skill, participation, a distinctive musical style, and the ability to exploit the complex relationship between variety and the other types of popular entertainment of the time, notably cinema, revue, and radio.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theatre
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of Arts
Faculties > Humanities > School of Arts > Drama and Theatre
Depositing User: Oliver Double
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2012 09:33
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2014 16:31
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/24938 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
ORCiD (Double, Oliver): https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2398-6661
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