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Shakespeare and Stratford-upon-Avon
A 'Chronicle of the Time'


  • Date Published: July 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108001625

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  • A detailed account by the secretary to the festival committee of the extensive Tercentenary celebrations of Shakespeare's birth held in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1864. The jubilee, inspired by Garrick's of 1769, included performances of several of the plays in a specially built pavilion on the Paddock in Southern Lane. There was also a banquet, a ball, fireworks, church services, a pageant and several concerts. Planning was fraught with difficulties and disagreements such as the committee's refusal to provide the pageant (organised in the end by the townsfolk) and walked a financial tightrope. The event nevertheless was a success and paved the way for the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, opened in 1879. A short biography of the playwright, with an assessment of previous biographies, a topographical narrative of the town and description of the three previous jubilees held there (especially Garrick's) provide context and the perspective of the time.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108001625
    • length: 284 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.36kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Memoir of Shakespeare
    Part II. Stratford: A Walk Through the Town:
    1. The Church
    2. Anne Hathaway's cottage
    3. Shakespeare's birthplace
    4. Retrospective glance at the town
    Part III. The Former Jubilees:
    5. Garrick's 1769
    6. Second celebration 1827
    7. Third celebration 1830
    Part IV. The Tercentenary Celebration: Its Origin, Formation of the Committee, and History of their Labours:
    8. Mr Phelps and the Stratford-upon-Avon committee
    9. President and vice-presidents
    10. Local and monumental memorial committees
    11. Fancy dress ball – Lady patronesses, patrons and stewards
    12. Preliminary programme
    13. Fetcher correspondence
    14. The grand pavilion
    15. Preparations of the townspeople
    16. The Shakespearian picture gallery
    17. The festival – first day: Saturday
    18. The festival – second day: Sunday
    19. The festival – third day: Monday
    20. The festival – fourth day: Tuesday
    21. The festival – fifth day: Wednesday
    22. The festival – sixth day: Thursday
    23. The festival – seventh day: Friday
    24. The festival – eighth day: Saturday
    25. The festival – ninth day: Monday
    26. The festival – tenth day: Tuesday
    27. The festival – eleventh day: Wednesday
    28. The festival – the finale
    List of contributors
    Sale of pavilion.

  • Author

    Robert E. Hunter

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