The Theatric Tourist

James Winston

James Winston

Distributed for British Library

Edited by Iain Mackintosh
96 pages | 24 color plates | 9 x 11-1/2 | © 2008
Cloth $90.00 ISBN: 9780712350150 Published January 2009 For sale in North and South America only
In the early nineteenth-century, James Winston—actor, theater manager, author, obsessive collector of theater ephemera, and artist—traveled throughout Britain making sketches of nearly 300 theatres and recording their most intricate details. Published in a deluxe edition two centuries ago, The Theatric Tourist has before now never been reprinted—though most copies have either disappeared or have been broken for the remarkable hand-colored plates found within. This remarkable piece of social and theatrical history is presented by the British Library and the Society for Theatre Research in a superb facsimile edition, which includes both Winston’s original text and his 24 stunning illustrations—presenting many of the long-since vanished playhouses of late Georgian England. A collector’s item for any cultural historian or theater buff, The Theatric Tourist is an invaluable piece of social history and a unique record of the buildings, players, and atmosphere of a time gone by.
Contents
Introduction, by Marcus Risdell: James Winston & The Theatric Tourist
 
Theatre-Royal, Bath
 
Theatre, Andover
 
Theatre-Royal, Margate
 
Theatre, Tunbridge-Wells
 
Theatre, Reading
 
Theatre, Brighton
 
Theatre-Royal, Richmond
 
Theatre, Newbury
 
Theatre, Portsmouth
 
Theatre, Grantham
 
Theatre, Lewes
 
Theatre, Exeter
 
Theatre Royal, Newcastle
 
Theatre, Edmonton
 
Theatre, Maidstone
 
Theatre Royal, Liverpool
 
Theatre, Windsor
 
Theatre, Chichester
 
Theatre, Birmingham
 
Theatre Royal, Manchester
 
Theatre, Southampton
 
Theatre, Plymouth
 
Theatre, Winchester
 
Theatre Royal, Norwich
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