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Theatre and Disorder in Late Georgian London

Marc Baer


In September 1809, during the opening night of Macbeth at the newly rebuilt Covent Garden theatre, the audience rioted over the rise in ticket prices. Disturbances took place on a further sixty-six nights that autumn, and the Old Price riots became the longest running theatre riots in English history. This book describes the events in detail, sets them in their wider context, and uses them to examine the interpenetration of theatre and disorder. Previous understandings of the riots are substantially revised by stressing populist rather than class politics, and the book concentrates on the thea ... More

Keywords: class politics, Macbeth, Covent Garden, theatre, audience, Old Price riots, disorder

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1992 Print ISBN-13: 9780198112501
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112501.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marc Baer, author
Hope College, Holland, Michigan