1 This paper was first presented at the ATHE conference, Chicago, August 1990. It was a contribution to a panel entitled, “Theatre, Social Practice and Representation,” the common theme of which was the theoretical work of Michel de Certeau. I would like to thank John Lutterbie for chairing the session and initiating my participation in the conference, and Joseph Roach for critical support.
2 Cetteau, Michel de, The Writing of History, trans. Conley, Tom (New York: Columbia University Press, 1988), 96. For a full discussion of these themes, see de Certeau's two methodological essays: “Making History” and “The Historigraphical Operation” in The Writing of History, 19–113.
3 Carlson, Marvin, Places of Performance (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1989), 2.
4 Certeau, Michel de, The Writing of History, 56–7.
5 The Builder, 15 March 1856, 137–9.
11 Leacroft, Richard, The Development of the English Playhouse (London: Methuen, 1986), 167.
12 See The Builder, 16 February 1856, 191–3.
13 J. W. von Goethe. “Zahme Xenien, V,” quoted by Rehbinder, Manfred in Theatre Space, ed. Arnott, J. P. et al. (Munich: International Federation for Theatre Research, 1977), 202.
14 Kierkegaard, Søren, “What Says the Fire Chief?” in A Kierkegaard Anthology, ed. Bretall, Robert (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1946), 448–9.
15 Bachelard, Gaston, The Psychology of Fire, trans. Ross, Alan (Boston: Beacon Press, 1968).
16 For information concerning French theatre fires see F.WJ. Hemmings, "Fires and Fire Precautions in the French Theatre," Theatre Research International 16 (Autumn 1991): 237-248.