The Singularity of Theatrical Celebrity

Mary E Luckhurst, Jane Moody

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter in a book


Celebrity, the condition of being much talked about, is hardly an invisible phenomenon in the history of British theatre. On the contrary, its discourses constitute a silent yet pervasive presence in the accounts of performing lives through which that history has been written. Theatrical celebrity leaves behind many forms of material evidence: plays, anecdotes, photographs, cartoons, programmes, reviews, portraits and costumes. But despite its ubiquity, the nature of celebrity on and off the stage has scarcely begun to be addressed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTheatre and Celebrity in Britain, 1660–2000
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)978-1-349-52399-3
Publication statusPublished - 19 Oct 2005


  • Theatre, Celebrity, Performance


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