Focusing on an 1899 charity bazaar held at the Royal Albert Hall to raise funds for the Charing Cross Hospital, this article explores the relationship between the West End theatre industry and charity culture in late-Victorian London. Accounts of the bazaar’s spectacle and celebrity patronage demonstrate clearly that the extra-theatrical occasions staged for charity organizations were firmly located within the stage culture of the day. Rather than peripheral occasions, high profile, public charity events functioned as significant forces in the reputation and success of the West End theatre industry and its personnel.
|Translated title of the contribution||The Actress and the Duchess go to the Bazaar: Charity and Theatre in 1890s London|
|Number of pages||28|
|Journal||New Theatre Quarterly|
|Publication status||Published - Feb 2014|