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Viv Gardner is Professor of Theatre Studies at the University of Manchester. She has written on gender politics, particularly on the New Woman; and most recently on Gertie Millar and the glamour postcard industry, the actress and autobiography, the geography and architecture of Manchester's theatreland in 1900, and provincial and touring theatre in the first quarter of the 20th century.
Henry Cyril Paget, 5th Marquis of Anglesey, died in 1905 at the age of 28, having bankrupted the family estates in a brief, but extravagant, theatrical career. He converted the family chapel into a theatre modelled on Sarah Bernhardt's, and mounted a series of spectacular productions with a professional company - 'stolen' from their manager - for his friends, guests and the local community. In doing so he challenged - wittingly or unwittingly - Edwardian notions of class, gender and theatrical propriety. using the 'remnants' of the 5th Marquis' life - postcards, gossip and newspaper accounts - this lecture sought to reconstruct this extraordinary figure.
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8th May 2008