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Title: George Colman the Elder and the late eighteenth-century theatre audience
Author: Wolohojian, Gabrielle R.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3571 3658
Awarding Body: University of Oxford
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 1986
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The thesis places Colman in his historical setting and establishes a causal relationship between his managerial policies and theatre economics. Examining the years of his management of Covent Garden (1767 - 1774), the thesis posits that Colman made artistic choices in deference to the economic domination of the audience. The economic analysis of Covent Garden's finances is based upon the data available in the Covent Garden Account Books held by the British Museum. The first chapter presents Colman's audience's view of itself and demonstrates that the audience often defined its role in the theatre in economic terms, fully understanding the power that its financial strength gave it over artistic matters. The house's view of the audience, also economic, is outlined in Chapter Two and is supported by the data in Chapter II -- Part 2. Chapter Three is an analysis of nightly repertory at Covent Garden and links repertory choices to economic factors. The data supporting the conclusion that repertory was inextricably linked to profit maximization are found in Chapter Three -- Parts 2.1 and 2.2. The fourth chapter turns to three of Colman's adaptations, Philaster, King Lear, and Epicoene, using them as examples to show that pragmatic theatre exigencies not only affected repertory on the overall level of scheduling but also on the individual level of playwriting. The final chapter summarizes the repertory and financial evidence presented earlier and concludes that Colman skillfully manipulated the often conflicting demands of financial success and artistic integrity in the eighteenth-century theatre.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Literature