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"The Stage's Glory": John Rich (1692–1761)
edited by Berta Joncus and Jeremy Barlow
contributions by Moira Goff, Linda J. Tomko, Jennifer Thorp, Donald Burrows, Olive Baldwin, Thelma Wilson, Vanessa L. Rogers, Fiona Ritchie, Felicity Nussbaum, Ana Martínez, Al Coppola, Robin Simon, Marcus Risdell, Terry Jenkins, Berta Joncus, Jeremy Barlow, Robert D. Hume, Judith Milhous, David Hunter and Matthew J. Kinservik
University of Delaware Press, 2011
eISBN: 978-1-64453-125-9 | Paper: 978-1-64453-124-2 | Cloth: 978-1-64453-123-5

John Rich (1692-1761) was a profoundly influential figure of the eighteenth-century London stage. As producer, manager, and performer, he transformed the urban entertainment market, creating genres and promotional methods still with us today. This volume gives the first comprehensive overview of Rich’s multifaceted career, appreciation of which has suffered from his performing identity as Lun, London’s most celebrated Harlequin. Far from the lightweight buffoon that this stereotype has suggested, Rich—the first producer of The Beggar’s Opera, the founder of Covent Garden, the dauntless backer of Handel, and the promoter of the principal dancers from the Parisian opera—is revealed as an agent of changes much more enduring than those of his younger contemporary, David Garrick. Contributions by leading scholars from a range of disciplines—theatre, dance, music, art, and cultural history—provide detailed analyses of Rich’s productions and representations. These findings complement Robert D. Hume’s lead article, a study that radically alters our perception of Rich.

Published by University of Delaware Press. Distributed worldwide by Rutgers University Press.
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