Foreign Parts
German and Austrian Actors on the British Stage 1933-1960

Richard Dove

Germanic Literatures 15

Legenda

29 September 2017  •  202pp

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Foreign Parts offers a case study in Anglo-German relations in the theatre. How British was the British theatre during and after the Second World War? This book tells the unique story of five German-speaking actors who, after arriving as refugees from Nazi Germany, made the transition to the British stage in a period of heightened nationalism before and during World War II. While the emotional intensity of their performances won the applause of audiences and the approval of critics, their success also depended on the support of British theatre personalities – from Alec Clunes and Tyrone Guthrie to actors Sybil Thorndike and John Gielgud. The book also recounts their role in British propaganda broadcasts to Germany, including Martin Miller’s satirical impersonation of his fellow-Austrian Adolf Hitler and Lucie Mannheim’s anti-Nazi version of the popular hit ‘Lilli Marlene’.

Richard Dove is Emeritus Professor of German at the University of Greenwich and the author of various books on German-speaking exile in Britain.

Reviews:

  • ‘Readers with high expectations will not be disappointed by Foreign Parts. It is a fascinating presentation of the careers of five actors who, forced to leave Germany and Austria by Hitler, set about plying their trade on the stage in Britain... Dove’s account of the actors’ careers in pre-war and wartime Britain is exemplary.’ — Anthony Grenville, AJR Journal 2018
  • ‘The stories that unfold are engaging when viewed as biographies, because of the different challenges and problems each of the actors had to confront. Their different treatment when Britain decided to intern ‘enemy aliens’ reflects the chaotic and sometimes extreme nature of wartime bureaucracy, and their choices after the war are fascinating, with only Mannheim choosing to return to Germany.’ — David Barnett, Modern Language Review 114.2, April 2019, 411-12 (full text online)

Contents:

i-vi
Foreign Parts: Foreign Parts
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vii-viii
Table of Contents
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ix-ix
Acknowledgements
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x-x
Abbreviations
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xi-xii
List of Illustrations
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3-6
Chapter 1 Setting the Scene
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9-13
Chapter 2 ‘Dressed Up and in Good Company’: the London Theatre in the 1930s
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14-20
Chapter 3 Weimar — Before and After: the German Stage in the 1920s and 1930s
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23-31
Chapter 4 Playing the Diva: Lucie Mannheim in London
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32-37
Chapter 5 Exit Stage Left: Gerhard Hinze in the Soviet Union
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38-42
Chapter 6 ‘Restlessly Waiting Close To the Frontier’: Friedrich Valk in Prague
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43-48
Chapter 7 ‘the Great Tragedienne’: Lilly Kann
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49-52
Chapter 8 Changing Countries: the Austrian Actor Martin Miller
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55-60
Chapter 9 Theatre in Britain During the Second World War
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61-71
Chapter 10 ‘A Particularly Honourable and Decent Character’: Gerhard Hinze
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72-87
Chapter 11 Shylock On Tour: Frederick Valk
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88-97
Chapter 12 ‘the Führer Speaks’: Martin Miller
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98-106
Chapter 13 ‘An Actress of Distinction and Repute’: Lilly Kann
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109-116
Chapter 14 Calling Germany: Lucie Mannheim at the Bbc
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119-122
Chapter 15 Post-War Developments in British Theatre and Film
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123-132
Chapter 16 Gerhard Hinze: Alias Gerard Heinz
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133-142
Chapter 17 Frederick Valk: ‘the Best Actor in England’
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143-155
Chapter 18 Martin Miller: A Man of Many Faces
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156-164
Chapter 19 Lilly Kann: ‘Lilly Is Superb’
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165-172
Chapter 20 Lucie Mannheim: the Long Homecoming
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175-180
Chapter 21 Final Curtain
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181-183
Bibliography
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184-187
Index of Names
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188-190
INDEX OF PLAYS
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Bibliography entry:

Dove, Richard, Foreign Parts: German and Austrian Actors on the British Stage 1933-1960, Germanic Literatures, 15 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2017)

First footnote reference: 35 Richard Dove, Foreign Parts: German and Austrian Actors on the British Stage 1933-1960, Germanic Literatures, 15 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2017), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Dove, p. 47.

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Bibliography entry:

Dove, Richard. 2017. Foreign Parts: German and Austrian Actors on the British Stage 1933-1960, Germanic Literatures, 15 (Cambridge: Legenda)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Dove 2017: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Dove 2017: 21.

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