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Economics of the British Stage, 1800-1914

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ISBN-10: 0521571154

ISBN-13: 9780521571159

Edition: 2000

Authors: Tracy C. Davis

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During the nineteenth century, British theatre developed into an industry with considerable importance in the economy, diversified by whole new forms of entertainment - first music hall then cinema - evolving alongside the dramatic stage. This comprehensive study examines the theatres growth from an economic perspective. Tracy Davis reflects the debates of economic theorists from Adam Smith to Alfred Marshall to investigate three key areas: the states role in protecting theatre; the factors affecting the success or failure of theatre companies; and how theatre came to be regarded as one of the service industries. By grounding debates about subsidization and the economic viability of the…    
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Book details

List price: $139.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/30/2000
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 526
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.134
Language: English

List of illustrations
List of figures
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Note to readers
Introduction
Competition: Theatre and Laissez-Faire
Monopoly and free trade: fair and unfair competition
Property and the stakes of private interest
Industrial regulation and safety
Marginal economics, national interest and the half-naked woman
Ownership and Entrepreneurialism
Opportunity, finance and failure
Profit
Business structures
Gender, 'gentlemanly capitalism' and the wo-manager
Industrialization, Commodity Capitalism and Theatre Production Systems
Labour and labourers
Theatre as cultural capital
Appendix: 'To the public
Notes
Bibliography
Index