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During the nineteenth century, the performance of Shakespeare's plays contributed to the creation of a sense of British nationhood at home and overseas. In this book Richard Foulkes explores the political and social uses of Shakespeare through the nineteenth and into the twentieth century and the movement from the consideration of Shakespeare as an enterprise to that of enshrinement as a cultural icon. An examination of leading Shakespearian actors, managers and directors, from Britain and abroad, is also included in the study.Read more
- Explores the range and diversity of Shakespearean performance in England from the Reform Bill to the Great War
- Analyses the performance of Shakespeare as an expression of English nationhood during the Victorian Empire
- Adds information on issues of patronage and state subsidy of the period but still of continuing relevance
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"Foulkes has valuably synthesiszed an enormous amount of material into an informative, tightly organized book. " Studies in English Literature
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- Date Published: December 2006
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521034425
- length: 248 pages
- dimensions: 228 x 152 x 14 mm
- weight: 0.379kg
- contains: 10 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
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1. The hero as actor: William Charles Macready
2. Equerries and equestrians: Phelps, Kean and Astley's
3. A babel of bardolaters: the 1864 tercentenary
4. Made in Manchester: Charles Calvert and George Rignold
5. The fashionable tragedian: Henry Irving
6. The imperial stage: Beerbohm Tree and Benson
7. The national arena: Granville Barker, Louis Calvert and Annie Horniman
8. The theatre of war: the 1916 tercentenary
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