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It is sometimes said that there were no great English plays written in the period between Richard Sheridan at the start of the 19th century and Oscar Wilde at the end. Yet Dion Boucicault's London Assurance was a great success at a time when melodrama, minstrel shows and musical revues dominated English-language theatre. Dr. Cheryl Thompson, assistant professor at Toronto Metropolitan University, Dr. Terry Robinson, associate professor at the University of Toronto, and others consider this unique era in English theatre history in this conversation moderated by directors and dramaturgs Julia Nish-Lapidus and James Wallis.
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