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There was a lot more to the Victorian and Edwardian stage than just Music Hall, Gilbert and Sullivan, Bernard Shaw and Oscar Wilde.

By The Newsroom
Saturday, 27 February, 2016, 12:00

It was also a time that produced some of our greatest actors and actresses, such as Ellen Terry and Henry Irving, who presided over a period which saw a great revival of the work of earlier masters, such as William Shakespeare.

There was therefore a great variety of entertainment on offer, with popular melodrama rubbing shoulders with light opera, often on the same bill, and variety shows and music hall programmes didn’t have to cost a working man and his wife a week’s wages.

On Saturday, March 5, Dr Richard Moore, visiting lecturer in English Literature at Newcastle University, will host a one-day study day entitled An Introduction to the Victorian and Edwardian Stage. This will include a selection of music and songs from the music halls of the era.

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This study day will take place at Berwick Voluntary Centre in Tweed Street, from 10am to 3pm. The fee of £17 includes refreshments.

Full details of the course and application forms are available from the BEA website at or by contacting bookings secretary Alison Tymon at Alternatively, call 01289 305842.