Skip to content

All SAP systems will be unavailable on Saturday 10th December 2022 from 0800-1800 UK Time.

If you can’t place an order, please contact Customer Services to complete your order.

UK/ROW +44 (0) 1223 326050 | US 1 800 872 7423 or 1 212 337 5000 | Australia/New Zealand 61 3 86711400 or 1800 005 210, New Zealand 0800 023 520

Register Sign in Wishlist
English Shakespeares

English Shakespeares
Shakespeare on the English Stage in the 1990s


  • Author: Peter Holland, Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham
  • Date Published: November 1997
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521564762

£ 24.99

Add to cart Add to wishlist

Looking for an inspection copy?

This title is not currently available on inspection

Product filter button
About the Authors
  • Based on Peter Holland's wide experience as a reviewer of stage productions, the book explores the full extent of Shakespeare performances in England over the last decade. As a regular reviewer for Shakespeare Survey and the BBC, Holland has examined the variety, the strengths and the problems of English productions. His introduction points out general themes which are taken up in the detailed chronological account of productions by several English companies, including the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, Cheek by Jowl, Northern Broadsides and the English Shakespeare Company. A final chapter compares the English experience with productions elsewhere. Peter Holland's reviews are individually thoughtful, provocative and illuminating; cumulatively they show that there is no one English Shakespeare style but a rich and often bewildering variety.

    • Special focus on a number of national companies (including the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National and the West Yorkshire Playhouse) whose bookshops should stock this title
    • Many black and white photographs of productions
    • Thoughtful, provocative and illuminating reviews
    Read more

    Reviews & endorsements

    '… excellent new book …'. The Guardian

    'This is a lucidly written book [and] a rich source of reference to return to time and again, as we read, teach, or write about a Shakespeare play, or need to review one ourselves, and sense the need to enhance the experience by a reliable account of its stage potential.' Folio

    ' … a comprehensive, richly detailed and thoughtful record of the period of Shakespearean production under scrutiny. In view of the broad readership which the book is likely to attract, this is to be welcomed … English Shakespeares addresses in detail a brief slice of what is already theatrical history, but there are valuable lessons to be drawn from it about the possible futures of both Shakespearean production and production criticism.' Cahiers Elisabéthains

    'Mixing precise references to textual choices with analyses of acting, set design, direction, and the use of theatrical space, Holland sets a high standard with his thoughtful and sympathetic approach … this book is a must not only for students of drama in performance, but also for theatregoers in general. A reliable if occasionally controversial record, Holland's book is a thoughtful mixture of journalistic immediacy and academic distance.' New Theatre Quarterly Book Reviews

    See more reviews

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity


    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?


    Product details

    • Date Published: November 1997
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521564762
    • length: 312 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.42kg
    • contains: 27 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Measuring performance
    2. 1989–90: the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre
    3. 1989–90: popular Shakespeare and the Swan Theatre
    4. 1991: a new taxonomy
    5. 1992: productions and spaces, large and small
    6. 1992–3: London and Stratford
    7. 1993–4: the problems of history
    8. 1994–5: two by two
    9. Festivals and foreigners.

  • Author

    Peter Holland, Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner Please see the permission section of the catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×
warning icon

Turn stock notifications on?

You must be signed in to your Cambridge account to turn product stock notifications on or off.

Sign in Create a Cambridge account arrow icon

Find content that relates to you

Join us online

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.


Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.