Musical comedy, revue and variety

Authored by: Robert Leach

An Illustrated History of British Theatre and Performance

Print publication date:  December  2018
Online publication date:  December  2018

Print ISBN: 9780415725163
eBook ISBN: 9780429463679
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9780429463679-58

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Abstract

Edwardian musical comedies offered carefree escapism. In the First World War, the escapism was intensified (if such a paradox has meaning). And after the war, according to The Annual Register 1919, ‘the vast majority of London theatregoers were content with almost anything – provided that it was sufficiently light and frivolous in character’. 1

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