British Theatre / Theatre and Empire Bibliography

General Texts on British Theatre, Society, and Culture

Anae, Nicole. “”Poses Plastiques”: The Art and Style of ‘Statuary’ in Victorian Visual Theatre.” Australasian Drama Studies (2008): 112-20.

Baer, Marc. Theatre and disorder in late Georgian London. Oxford: Clarendon Press. 1992.

Bailey, Peter. Popular Culture and Performance in the Victorian City. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1998.

Berry, John M., and Frances Panchok. “Church and Theatre.” U.S. Catholic Historian 6.2/3 (1987): 151-79.

Booth, Michael R. Theatre in the Victorian Age. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1991.

Burton, Elizabeth. The Pageant of Early Victorian England, 1837-1861. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1972.

Choudhury, Mita. Interculturalism and Resistance in the London Theater, 1660–1800: Identity, Performance, Empire. Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell Univ. Press, 2000.

Colclough, Dyan. Child Labor in the British Victorian Entertainment Industry: 1875-1914. Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

Davis, Jim, and Victor Emeljanow. Reflecting the Audience: London Theatregoing, 1840-1880. Iowa City: University of Iowa, 2001.

Foulkes, Richard. Church and Stage in Victorian England. Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press, 1997.

Gubar, Marah. “Who Watched the Children’s Pinafore? Age Transvestism on the Nineteenth-Century Stage.” Victorian Studies 54.3 (2012): 410-26.

Guest, Kristen. “The Subject of Money: Late-Victorian Melodrama’s Crisis of Masculinity.” Victorian Studies 49.4 (2007): 635-57.

Harrop, Josephine. Victorian Portable Theatres. London: Society for Theatre Research, 1989.

Hudston, Sara. 2000. Victorian Theatricals. London: Methuen Drama, 2000.

Kaplan, Joel H., and Sheila Stowell. Theatre and Fashion: Oscar Wilde to the Suffragettes. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994.

O’Quinn, Daniel. Staging Governance: Theatrical Imperialism in London, 1770–1800. Baltimore: John Hopkins Univ. Press, 2005.

Roach, Joseph. Cities of the Dead: Circum-Atlantic Performance. New York: Columbia Univ. Press, 1996

Russell, Gillian. The Theatres of War: Performance, Politics and Society, 1793–1815. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995.

Smith, Shannon R. “Staging Sport: Dion Boucicault, the Victorian Spectacular Theatre, and the Manly Ideal.” Critical Survey 24.1 (2012): 57-73.

Varty, Anne. Children and Theatre in Victorian Britain: ‘all Work, No Play’ Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.

Wanko, Cheryl. Roles of Authority: Thespian Biography and Celebrity in Eighteenth-century Britain. Lubbock: Texas Tech University Press, 2003.

Wilson, Kathleen “Introduction: Three Theses on Performance and History,” Eighteenth-Century Studies 48. 4 (2015): 375-90.

Worrall, David. Celebrity, Performance, Reception: British Georgian Theatre as Social Assemblage. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013.

Ziter, Edward. The Orient on the Victorian Stage. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003.


Theatre and the Empire

Becker, Tobias. “Entertaining The Empire: Theatrical Touring Companies and Amateur Dramatics in Colonial India.” Hist. J. The Historical Journal 57.03 (2014): 699-725.

Bhatia, Nandi. Acts of Authority, Acts of Resistance: Theater and Politics in Colonial and Postcolonial India. Ann Arbor: U of Michigan, 2004.

Booth, Michael. “Touring the Empire.” Essays in Theatre 6.1 (1987): 49-60.

Bratton, J.S.,, eds. Acts of Supremacy: The British Empire and the Stage, 1790-1930. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1991.

Chatterjee, Sudiptoo. “Mise-en-(colonial-) Scene: The Theatre of the Bengal Renaissance.” Imperialism and Theatre: Essays on World Theatre, Drama, and Performance. Ed. J. Ellen Gainor. Routledge, 2003. 19-36.

Diamond, Michael. “”Finest Printing on the Road”: The Importance of Poster Advertising for Touring Theatre Companies around the Turn of the Century.” Theatre Notebook 66.1 (2012): 26-47.

Foulkes, Richard. Performing Shakespeare in the Age of Empire. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2002.

Gibbs, Jenna M. Performing the Temple of Liberty: Slavery, Theatre, and Popular Culture in London and Philadelphia, 1760-1850. Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press. 2014.

Gould, Marty. Nineteenth Century Theatre and the Imperial Encounter. New York: Routledge, 2011.

Hancher, Michael. “College English in India: The First Textbook.” Victorian Literature and Culture 42.3 (2014): 553-72.

Hill, Errol. The Jamaican Stage: 1655-1900: Profile of a Colonial Theatre. Amherst (Mass): U of Massachusetts, 1992.

Jordan, Robert. The Convict Theatres of Early Australia, 1788–1840. Strawberry Hills, NSW: Currency House, 2002.

Kaori, Kobayashi. “‘The Actors Are Come Hither’: Shakespeare Productions by Travelling Companies in Asia.” New Theatre Quarterly 32.01 (2016): 49-60.

Marshall, Tristan. Theatre and Empire: Great Britain on the London Stages under James VI and I. Manchester, UK: Manchester UP, 2000.

Mukherjee, Sushil Kumar. The Story of the Calcutta Theatres: 1753-1980. Calcutta: K.P. Bagchi, 1982.

Orr, Bridget. Empire on the English Stage: 1660-1714. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.

Orr, Bridget. Empire on the English Stage: 1660-1714. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.

Singh, Lata. Play-house of Power: Theatre in Colonial India. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.

Viswanathan, Gauri. Masks of Conquest: Literary Study and British Rule in India. New York: Columbia University Press, 1989.

Watson, Tim. “Working the Edges of the Nineteenth-Century British Empire.” Literature Compass 13.5 (2016): 288-99.

This list was compiled by Taylor Tobias, a graduate student at Florida State University, who is writing a dissertation on theatre and performance in the British Empire in the nineteenth century. For questions about this list or other aspects of Taylor’s research, email