Cloth $110.00 ISBN: 9780859897891 Published March 2008 For sale in North and South America only
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London's Grand Guignol and the Theatre of Horror

Richard J. Hand and Michael Wilson

Richard J. Hand and Michael Wilson

Distributed for University of Exeter Press

291 pages | 18 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2007
Cloth $110.00 ISBN: 9780859897891 Published March 2008 For sale in North and South America only
Paper $36.00 ISBN: 9780859897921 Published March 2008 For sale in North and South America only
London’s Grand Guignol—a macabre theatre of naturalistic horror—was established in the early 1920s at the Little Theatre in the West End. Taking its cue from Le Théâtre du Grand-Guignol in Paris, this high-profile venture enjoyed as much critical controversy as  popular success. On its side were some of the finest actors of the English stage, such as Sybil Thorndike and Lewis Casson, as well as a team of extremely able writers, including the legendary Noël Coward. London’s Grand Guignol and the Theatre of Horror considers the importance and influence of the Grand Guignol within its social, cultural, and historical contexts, while presenting a selection of ten remarkable Grand Guignol plays, several of which were banned by the Lord Chamberlain, the censor of the day, and have never been publicly performed—including a previously unpublished work by Coward.
The companion volume to Grand-Guignol: The French Theatre of Horror, already in its third edition, this book is an essential addition to any gore-loving student of drama and the twentieth-century theatre of horror.
Contents

List of illustrations
Acknowledgements

Section 1
1. A History of London’s Grand Guignol
2. Issues of Genre and Writing
3. Performers and Performing
4. Censorship and Reception
5. London’s Grand Guignol and the Reviewers
6. Aftermath and Legacy
Section 2: Ten Plays of London’s Grand Guignol
Eight O’Clock
       by Reginald Berkeley
A Man in Mary’s Room
       by Gladys Unger
Private Room Number 6
       by André de Lorde and Pierre Chaine
The Person Unknown
       by H. F. Maltby
Latitude 15° South
       by Victor MacClure
The Old Women
       by Christopher Holland
The Nutcracker Suite
       by Eliot Crawshay-Williams
The Sisters’ Tragedy
       by Richard Hughes
The Better Half
       by Noël Coward
I Want To Go Home
       by H. F. Maltby

Appendices
1. London’s Grand Guignol, 1920–1922
2. The Complete Repertoire of London’s Grand Guignol, 1920–1922
3. Extract from Oh, Hell!!! A ‘Revuette’ by Reginald Arkell and Russell Thorndike
Bibliography
Index

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