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The taste of the age had become eminently pictorial and exacting beyond all former precedent. - Michael Booth, Victorian Spectacular Theatre


Australian Federation

Australian theatre in the 19th century


Baugh, Christopher. Three Loutherbourg designs. Theatre Notebook Vol XLV11, no 2 (1993):96-103

Benwell, Henry  L. Practical scene painting for amateurs in Amateur Work Illustrated. London: Ward Lock, 1884-1888. [articles]

Booth, Michael R. New technology in the Victorian theatre.  Theatre Notebook, Vol XLV1, no 3 (1992):122-135

Booth, Michael R. Victorian spectacular theatre 1850-1910. Boston: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1981.

Booth, Michael R. Theatre in the Victorian age. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991.

Fitzgerald, Percy. The world behind the scenes. London: 1881. According to Michael Booth, the only English Victorian to write a substantially informative book on the subject. Has a section on spectacle and staging mechanisms.

Izenour, George C. Theatre technology. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1988.

Leacroft, Richard. The development of the English Playhouse. London: Methuen, 1968.  

Leacroft, Richard. Theatre and playhouse: an illustrated survey of theatre buildings from Ancient Greece to the present day. London: Methuen, 1984. Both Leacroft publications have drawings of stages and auditoriums and accounts of stage machinery.

Lloyds, Frederick. Practical guide to scene painting. 1875.

Mackintosh, Iain. The Georgian playhouse: actors, artists, audiences and architecture 1730-1830. [Catalogue of] exhibition devised by Iain Mackintosh, assisted by Geoffrey Ashton. Hayward Gallery, London, 21 august to 12 October 1975.  London: Arts Council of Great Britain, 1975.

Moynet, M.J. French theatrical production in the nineteenth century; translated by Allan S Jackson with M. Glen Wilson. New York, The Max Reinhardt Foundation with the Center for Modern Theatre Research , 1976. According to Booth, documents the exact operation of specific production and stage machinery and, although he writes of Paris theatres, much of what he says is also applicable to the English stage.

Nagler. A.M. A source book in theatrical history: twenty five centuries of stage history in more than 300 basic documents and other primary sources.  NY: Dover, 1959.

Rees, Terence. Theatre lighting in the age of gas. London: Society for Theatre Research, 1978.

Rosenfeld, Sybil. A short history of scene design in Great Britain. Oxford: Blackwell, 1973

Smith, James. Victorian melodramas / edited by James Smith. London: Rowman & Littlefield. 1976.

Southern, Richard. Changeable scenery. London: Faber, 1952.

Southern, Richard. The Victorian theatre: a pictorial survey. Newton Abbot: David & Charles, 1970.


Wise, B.R. The struggle for Union: episodes in the movement for Australian Federation. The Lone Hand, 1 Aug 1912.


All the world’s a stage: Australian-British Theatre Exhibition to mark the opening of the Sydney Opera House by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth on October 20, 1973. Includes essays by Margaret Williams, Glynne Wickham and George Rowell. [Sydney]: [Sydney Opera House Trust], 1973.

Australian encyclopedia. 2nd edition. Sydney: Angus & Robertson,1958. Entries on theatre and music.

The Australian stage: a documentary history /edited by Harold Love. Kensington, NSW: NSW University Press in association with Australian Theatre Studies Centre, School of Drama, University of NSW, 1984.

Bagot, E D A. Coppin the great, father of the Australian theatre.  Melbourne, Melbourne University Press, 1965. 

Bradshaw, Richard. The Merlin of the south: [marionette theatre]. Australasian Drama Studies no 7 (Oct 1985): 83-120.

Brewer, F C. The drama and music in New South Wales.  Sydney, Government Printer, 1892.

Callaway, Anita. Visual ephemera: theatrical art in the nineteenth century. Sydney: UNSW Press, 2000.

Companion to theatre in Australia. General editor Phillip Parsons, with Victoria Chance, Sydney: Currency Press in association with Cambridge University Press, 1995.

Dicker, I G. JCW: a short biography of James Cassius Williamson.  Rose Bay, NSW: Elizabeth Tudor Press, 1974.

Downes, Peter. Australis or the City of Zero: chapter 22 from book on the Pollard Opera Company [unpublished].  

Downes, Peter. J C Williamson 1845-1913: Trans-Tasman man of the theatre: paper presented to Wellington University seminar Australia-New Zealand – Some Aspects of a Relationship. [unpublished]

Dreyfus, Kay. Reinventing the past: the subjectivities of cultural history. Australasian Drama Studies (October 1993): 3-7.

Entertaining Australia: an illustrated history / edited by Katherine Brisbane. Sydney: Currency Press, 1991.

Fantasia, Josephine. J.C. Williamson’s vision for Australia: Australis; or the City of Zero (1900). Australasian Drama Studies 12 (October 1993): 82-91.

Fotheringham, Richard. Sport and nationalism on Australian stage and screen. Australasian Drama Studies vol 1, no 1 Oct 1982:65-88.

Garlick, Barbara: The problem of sources: the ‘Bohemian’ collection.  Australasian Drama Studies no 23 (October 1993):23-44.

Hall, Humphrey. The romance of the Sydney stage / by Osric [Humphrey Hall and Alfred John Cripps]. Sydney: Currency Press in association with the National Library of Australia, 1996

Hanna, Cliff. ‘A bit of cackle’: Australia’s beginnings in English drama. Australasian Drama Studies, Vol 3 no 2, 1985.

Hughes, Alan. Coppin and the Australians of Vancouver Land: Coppin’s tour with the Keans, 1864. Australasian Drama Studies no 9 (Oct 1986):83-92..

Irvin, Eric. Dictionary of the Australian theatre, 1788-1914. Sydney: Hale & Iremonger, 1985.

Irvin, E. Australian melodrama: eighty years of popular theatre.  Sydney: Hale & Iremonger, 1981.

Irvin, E. Gentleman George, king of melodrama: the theatrical life and times of George Darrell, 1841-1921.  St Lucia, Q., University of Queensland Press, 1980.

Irvin, E. Theatre comes to Australia.  St Lucia, Q., University of Queensland Press, 1971..

Jordan, Robert. The Georgian theatre in Sydney: some facts and problems. Theatre Notebook Vol 51, no 3, 1997:128-146.

Jordan, Robert. Visualising the Sydney Theatre, 1796. Australasian Drama Studies 28 (April 1996): 30-52.

Kelly, Veronica. The banning of Marcus Clarke’s The Happy Land: stage, press and parliament. Australasian Drama Studies Vol 2 no 1 (October 1983): 71-112.

Keneally, Thomas. The Playmaker. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1987. A fictional account of the staging of The Recruiting Officer, the first play performed in Australia in 1789.

Love, Harold. Chinese theatre on the Victorian goldfields, 1858-1870. Australasian Drama Studies Vol 3 no 2 (April 1985): 47-86,

Love, Harold. W.S. Lyster’s 1861-68 opera company: season & repertoire. Australasian Drama Studies Vol 2, no 1 (October 1983):113-124.

Porter, Hal. Stars of Australian stage and screen. Adelaide: Rigby, 1965.

Richardson, Paul. Garnet Walch’s Australia Felix: a reconstruction. Australasian Drama Studies, Vol 1 no 2 (April 1983): 63-81.

Stewart, N. My life’s story. Sydney, John Sands, 1923

Sumner, Peter. Australian theatrical posters 1825-1914 / written and researched by Peter Sumner; edited by Josef Lebovic. [Catalogue of an exhibition held at the] Josef Lebovic Gallery, Sydney, 18 June to 9 July 1988 [and] Performing Arts Museum, 19 July to 12 August 1988. Paddington: Josef Lebovic, 1988. 

Thorne, Ross. Theatre buildings in Australia to 1905: from the time of the first settlement to the arrival of cinema.  Sydney, Architectural Research Foundation, University of Sydney, 1971.

Williams, Margaret. Australia on the popular stage, 1829-1929: an historical entertainment in six acts.  Melbourne, Oxford University Press, 1983.

Williams, Margaret. The Barnum of Australia: William Anderson. Australasian Drama Studies (April 1984): 41-64.


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