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Publication - Professor Elaine McGirr

    Diva and Director: Mary Ann Yates, the Opera House and Drury Lane

    Citation

    McGirr, E, 2019, ‘Diva and Director: Mary Ann Yates, the Opera House and Drury Lane’. SEL Studies in English Literature 1500-1900.

    Abstract

    Mary Ann Yates was the biggest tragic star of the London stage in the 1770s. From 1773-1778, she was also a co-manager of the King's Opera House. This essay is the first to recognize Yates's talents as a manager, and to put the Opera's new-found commercial success in context of both its management team and the challenges they faced in the increased rivalry with and animosity from Drury Lane, where Yates continued to be a major draw. By looking at Yates's management and performance work together, this essay highlights the leadership of women in the so-called "Age of Garrick".

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