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In eighteenth-century England, actresses have been often pushed aside as mere prostitutes buying and selling on their sexual energy instead of their abilities. but they have been, Felicity Nussbaum argues, crucial to the good fortune of a newly advertisement theater. city, lately moneyed, and carefully engaged with their audiences, celebrated actresses have been one of the first girls to accomplish social mobility, cultural authority, and monetary independence.
Dion Boucicault, the Irish genius of London theatre within the age of Dickens, wrote the brilliantly humorous London insurance in 1841 and thereby created – in Sir Harcourt and woman Spanker – of the good comedian roles of the English degree, performed on the NT via Simon Russell Beale and Fiona Shaw. This level revival has been brilliantly tailored through the prolific and award-winning playwright Richard Bean.
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