Musical Travails in the British Empire: South Africa and Australia

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The chapter briefly charts the colonial export of British musical theatre to South Africa and Australia in the first half of the 20th Century. The article then chiefly explores the postcolonial export to the UK and (occasionally) New York of some indigenous shows from Australia and a comparatively large number from South Africa after King Kong (1961), which depict new representations of identities in contestation with, or an embracing of, the colonial/apartheid era. Overall, Stuart Hall’s insights on identity formation are taken as central in illuminating the interplay between musical theatres and the legacy of the colonial gaze.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of the Global Stage Musical
EditorsRobert Gordon, Olaf Jubin
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford Univesity Press
Number of pages32
ISBN (Electronic) 9780190909765
ISBN (Print)9780190909734
Publication statusPublished - 14 Nov 2023


  • Post-colonial
  • identity
  • musical
  • South Africa
  • Australia
  • Stuart Hall


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