Jessie Matthews' construction of a star persona on her post-war Australian tours

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Lipton, Martina. (2015) Jessie Matthews' construction of a star persona on her post-war Australian tours. NTQ. 31(2), pp. 116 - 128. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0266464X15000238
AuthorsLipton, Martina
Abstract

Jessie Matthews’ post-war tours to Australia were part of a sequence of commercially successful imported productions then heralded as a great boom era in Australian theatre. However, Matthews’ waning popularity in Britain since the 1940s meant that she was no longer recognizable as the screen darling of the 1930s. Indeed, the Australian press had to remind its readers of ‘evergreen Jessie’s’ succession of British film hits such as The Good Companions (1933) and Evergreen (1934). This article examines the critical and public reception of Matthews’ tours with a focus on the strategic management of her star persona, both on and off stage, including her public criticism of Australian theatre management and employment opportunities for Australian theatre performers. Martina Lipton is an Honorary Associate Lecturer at the University of Queensland and was recently the Research Fellow (Australia) on the Leverhulme Research Project ‘British-Australian Cultural Exchange: Live Performance 1880–1960’. Her publications include the chapter ‘Localism and British Modern Pantomime’ in A World of Popular Entertainments (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012) and articles for Australasian Drama Studies, Contemporary Theatre Review, New Theatre Quarterly, and Popular Entertainment Studies.

KeywordsEvergreen; musical comedy; radio; celebrity; Janus; Larger than Life
Year2015
JournalNTQ
Journal citation31 (2), pp. 116 - 128
PublisherCambridge University Press
ISSN0266-464X
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1017/S0266464X15000238
Scopus EID2-s2.0-84946164633
Page range116 - 128
Research GroupSchool of Arts
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Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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