Electronic Editions of The Lord Chamberlain's Plays, 1852 - 1863
The long-term aim of the Buried Treasures Project is to enable a new understanding of the dramatic texts made more accessible by modern cataloguing. To encourage exploration of the wealth of material uncovered, a group of scholars has begun on the work of producing scholarly editions of hitherto ignored plays in the archive. We have selected plays from the time period covered by the project and we have sought to provide representative coverage of genre and theatre, though this task is a daunting one given that over 2000 plays were licensed between 1852 and 1863. Completed editions, intended for research as well as teaching purposes, will be posted to this web-site from time to time as they become available.
Editorially, the manuscripts present a fascinating challenge. They are widely different in the state of completeness and neatness each presents: speculatively, it seems that while some were transcriptions made for the purpose of submission for licence, others dispatched from the theatres to the Lord Chamberlain’s office were copies already to hand for some other reason – as extra or superseded copies, perhaps, or in some cases even apparently having been used as prompts. Transcribing these works in progress has the potential to yield significant findings with respect to conventions of dramatic writing, copying and editing as well as conventions of managing, production and performance. Therefore, we have adopted no uniform style; rather we have simply set out to reproduce what appears on each page of the manuscript.
This strategy has necessitated some variation among editors and editions. Therefore each editor explains the state and appearance of the text that has been transcribed as well as the editorial decisions which it has necessitated. Each editor also provides a contextual introduction and all necessary explanatory notes on the plays themselves.
Following is a list of editions completed or currently undergoing work. A link will be added to each as it becomes available.
Daft Dora Or the Sorrows of Susan the child of the wreck
Edited by Kate Mattacks
Faust and Margaret by Dion Boucicault
Edited by Amanda Mordavsky Caleb
An historical, musical and illustrative Lecture, entitled, Leaves from the Life! and Lays from the Lyre! Of William Shakespeare!
Edited by Rhian Williams
The Loves of Arcadia by Miss Braddon
Edited by Laurie Garrison
Winning the Widow. Interlude.
Edited by Gilli Bush-Bailey