This chapter explores the interrelationship between celebrity actors and thier famous parts, both bodily and repertory, arguing that celebrity parts enable public intimacy by making the celebrity persona legible. By analysing the 'parts' of Nell Gwyn and Colley Cibber, from the roles they played on stage and off to the clothes they did -- and sometimes didn't -- wear, I argue that acting is not just an illusion of character, but rather the performance or drawing out of interiority. On stage, the perforative body is simultaenously the expression of and reason for the actor's celebrity.
|Title of host publication||Public Interiors|
|Subtitle of host publication||Intimacy and Celebrity in Eighteenth-Century Literary Culture|
|Editors||Emrys Jones, Victoria Joule|
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - 2017|
- Theatre History
- ACTING THEORY