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Male Impersonation in the Music Hall, The Case of Vesta Tilley. / Aston, Elaine.

In: New Theatre Quarterly, Vol. 4, No. 15, 08.1988, p. 247-257.

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Aston, Elaine. / Male Impersonation in the Music Hall, The Case of Vesta Tilley. In: New Theatre Quarterly. 1988 ; Vol. 4, No. 15. pp. 247-257.

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