Preface to the Second Edition Introduction Acknowledgments Abbreviations References Chapter 1: Productions 1920 Chapter 2: Productions 1921 Chapter 3: Productions 1922 Chapter 4: Productions 1923 Chapter 5: Productions 1924 Chapter 6: Productions 1925 Chapter 7: Productions 1926 Chapter 8: Productions 1927 Chapter 9: Productions 1928 Chapter 10: Productions 1929 Title Index Genre Index Theatre Index General Index About the Author
J. P. Wearing is professor emeritus of English at the University of Arizona and an internationally renowned theatre historian. He is the author of several books, notably volumes on the London stage including American and British Theatrical Biographies, An Index (2012), published by Scarecrow Press.
Opening a new or revised reference work is like opening an unearthed treasure. You never know what's inside, but you know the baubles will bedazzle. The London Stage does not disappoint. Herewith each volume covers over 4,000 productions at more than three score theaters in the Bard's hometown, so to speak. The tome-and it is a doorstopper weighing in at about seven pounds-provides first night details of plays over a decade, with one volume covering 1920-1929 and the second covering 1930-1939. Productions are arranged chronologically followed by the title of the work, genre, author, theater length of run, male and female cast members, production staff, plot precis, bibliography of reviews, and comment. The last ranges from what a reviewer might have thought, audience reception, and the like. Wearing gleaned the information from over a dozen specialized theater reviewing media, newspapers, nearly a dozen libraries and or archives, ranging from The British Library to Theatre Collection of Bristol University, and a half dozen specialized reference sources (e.g., Grove's Who's Who in Theatre). In other words, there may not be more comprehensive guides available. These works are a must-have for theater departments, and really any library interested in play productions. * American Reference Books Annual *