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Shakespeare in Stages
New Theatre Histories


Christine Dymkowski, Christie Carson, Andrew Gurr, Elaine M. McGirr, Lucy Munro, Neil Carson, Abigail Rokison, Farah Karim-Cooper, Fiona Ritchie, Jan McDonald, Elizabeth Schafer, Christopher Baugh, Susan Bennett, Kate Flaherty, Penny Gay, Lynette Goddard, Brian Pearce
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  • Date Published: April 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107634015

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  • The history of Shakespearean performance is very well served at its two extremes, with volumes providing a valuable historical overview of the subject and others concentrating on the performance history of a particular play. However, no individual volume provides an in-depth consideration of the stage histories of a number of plays, chosen for their particular significance within specific cultural contexts. Shakespeare in Stages addresses this gap. The original case studies explore significant anglophone performances of the plays, as well as ideas about 'Shakespeare', through the changing prisms of three different cultural factors that have proved influential in the way Shakespeare is staged: notions of authenticity, attitudes towards sex and gender, and questions of identity. Ranging from the sixteenth to the twenty-first centuries and examining productions of plays in Britain, USA, Canada, Australia, and South Africa, the studies focus attention on the complex interaction between particular plays, issues, events, and periods.

    • The case study approach provides depth of focus in each essay
    • Pays close attention to social and political contexts, providing detailed analyses of interactions between culture and society
    • The volume is organised by theme, giving cohesion to disparate topics
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    • Date Published: April 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107634015
    • length: 324 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.44kg
    • contains: 14 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Christine Dymkowski and Christie Carson
    Part I. Notions of Authenticity:
    1. The move indoors Andrew Gurr
    2. Whig heroics: Shakespeare, Cibber, and the troublesome King John Elaine M. McGirr
    3. Coriolanus and the (in)authenticities of William Poel's platform stage Lucy Munro
    4. 'A fresh advance in Shakespearean production': Tyrone Guthrie in Canada Neil Carson
    5. Authenticity in the 21st century: Propeller and Shakespeare's Globe Abigail Rokison
    Part II. Attitudes Towards Sex and Gender:
    6. Performing beauty on the Renaissance stage Farah Karim-Cooper
    7. The artistic, cultural, and economic power of the actress in the age of Garrick Fiona Ritchie
    8. Women writing Shakespeare's women in the nineteenth century: The Winter's Tale Jan McDonald
    9. 'Not our Olivia': Lydia Lopokova and Twelfth Night Elizabeth Schafer
    10. Measure for Measure: Shakespeare's twentieth-century play Christine Dymkowski
    Part III. Questions of Identity:
    11. Shakespeare and the rhetoric of scenography 1770–1825 Christopher Baugh
    12. The presence of Shakespeare Susan Bennett
    13. Finding local habitation: Shakespeare's Dream at play on the stage of contemporary Australia Kate Flaherty and Penny Gay
    14. 'Haply for I am black': shifting race and gender dynamics in Talawa's Othello Lynette Goddard
    15. British directors in post-colonial South Africa Brian Pearce
    Epilogue: Shakespeare's audiences as imaginative communities Christie Carson.

  • Editors

    Christine Dymkowski, Royal Holloway, University of London
    Christine Dymkowski is Professor of Drama and Theatre History at Royal Holloway, University of London.

    Christie Carson, Royal Holloway, University of London
    Christie Carson is Senior Lecturer in the English Department at Royal Holloway, University of London.


    Christine Dymkowski, Christie Carson, Andrew Gurr, Elaine M. McGirr, Lucy Munro, Neil Carson, Abigail Rokison, Farah Karim-Cooper, Fiona Ritchie, Jan McDonald, Elizabeth Schafer, Christopher Baugh, Susan Bennett, Kate Flaherty, Penny Gay, Lynette Goddard, Brian Pearce

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