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'Throughout this excellent book Double looks at variety from the detached perspective of the historian, and also with the excited eyes of the enthusiast...Britain Had Talent is admirably unpretentious throughout, and is a valuable addition to the too little we know about this extraordinary form of popular culture.' - Studies in Theatre and Performance
'This is a lucid and well-researched book that is brimming with charming anecdotes (such as des O'Connor's faux faint), curious detail (such as the barring clauses), and engaging passages of analysis (such as the choreography of glances between Morecambe and Wise)...It is bursting with the seams with fascinating research, and this wealth of variety content is executed with assured delivery.' - New Theatre Quarterly
'An interesting, well written and colourful history of the variety form, which will appeal to students, researchers and general readers. It is chockfull of material which is well organised and referenced - the content is terrific.' - Jason Price, Lecturer in Drama and Performance Studies, University of Sussex, UK
'An entertaining whirl through the stars of the day, big and small, giving a flavour of their personality onstage and off...Double provides a perfect introduction to this colourful community of nomadic performers.' - Chortle
'This new book by Oliver Double on the history of Variety Theatre will be of interest to anyone who remembers it, or would like to know more about it...a wealth of well indexed information here from someone who really knows variety inside out, highly recommended.' - www.arthurlloyd.co.uk
'This is a clear, astute and well-evidenced digest of the saga of variety...For sound testimony, decisive judgement and enjoyable reading, it topped the bill for me.' - The Call Boy, the official journal of the British Music Hall Society
The first major academic work to examine British variety theatre, providing both a detailed history and an analysis of its performance dynamicsSee all Product Description
All right for someone who knows nothing about variety, but far too basic for anyone else. Written as an academic treatise by someone who has done a lot of research from scratch... Read morePublished 3 months ago by David Horne
A wealth of information from the 1800s to the 1960s. Well set out and easy to readPublished 12 months ago by joyspens1950
Bought as a present and I've been told it's a fabulous insight and well written into musical theatre. The recipient was delighted with it.Published 13 months ago by daisypuke
One of the best in its field. A fantastic read, informative, interesting and full of knowledge and research.Published 13 months ago by JamesKF