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This is the first book to explore the revivals of Shakespeare's history plays, Henry V, Henry VIII, King John, Macbeth, and Richard II, as staged by the actor-manager Charles Kean in mid-Victorian London. These celebrated productions, renowned for their attention to antiquarian detail, provided an opportunity for audiences to participate in the Victorian obsession with history. Many illustrations are previously unpublished and the book will be of interest to scholars and students of theater history, Shakespeare studies and Victorian culture.Read more
- Explores the revivals of Shakespeare's history plays as staged in mid-Victorian London by Charles Kean
- Generously illustrated
- Will appeal to a wide readership of theatre historians, Shakespeareanists and Victorianists
- Received honorable mention in the 1999 competition for the Barnard Hewitt Award for outstanding research in theatre history and cognate areas of theatre studies.
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"Richly researched and clearly written, the book makes a strong contribution to the growing body of work on Shakespeare and the Victorian period." South Atlantic ReviewSee more reviews
"Schoch's splendid book should inspire others to examine burlesque as a background to more familiar works." Studies in English Literature
"Schoch has covered much ground in this complex and well-written book..." Essays in Theatre
"One of the most useful aspects of this study is its consideration of the triangulation of historicized dramaturgy, national identity, and emancipatory rhetoric in mid-Victorian Britain....critically sophisticated." Shakespeare Quarterly
"...interesting...provocative ideas..." Choice
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- Date Published: December 2006
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521034364
- length: 224 pages
- dimensions: 228 x 152 x 13 mm
- weight: 0.346kg
- contains: 24 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
List of illustrations
1. 'The prince of theatrical antiquaries'
2. 'Admirable exemplifications': the rise of theatrical historicism
3. 'Solid fragments': the poetics of performing history
4. 'The homestead of history': medievalism and nationhood on the mid-Victorian stage
5. Clio: the Muse that got away
Envoi: 'Getting away from everything feels good'
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