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Researching early French and English melodrama through performance

In 2014, the French Theatre of the Napoleonic era project teamed up with the Music in London 1800-1849 project at KCL to run a workshop on Pixerécourt's La Forteresse du Danube (1805) and its English adaptation The Fortress by Hook & Hook.

The workshop's coordinators, Katherine Astbury, Katherine Hambridge and Jonathan Hicks have produced a documentary reflecting on the provisional conclusions about the differences between early English and French melodrama that came out of the performance-based research. It will be published here in the summer of 2017.

In the meantime, here is a video of our provisional findings which premiered at the IFTR conference held at Warwick in the summer of 2014.