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Performing Shakespeare in the Age of Empire

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  • Date Published: December 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521034425

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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.

    • 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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    "[C]onsummately researched, beautifully written, and filled with detail." Choice

    "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

    List of illustrations
    Acknowledgments
    Introduction
    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
    In conclusion
    Notes
    References
    Index.

  • Author

    Richard Foulkes, University of Leicester
    Richard Foulkes is a leading scholar of Victorian theatre and drama, with a special interest in the interpretation and performance of Shakespeare of the time. His work includes editorship of Shakespeare and the Victorian Stage (1986) and British Theatre in the 1890s: Essays on Drama and the Stage (1993); and author of Church and Stage in Victorian England (1997), The Shakespeare Tercentenary of 1864 (1984) and Repertory at the Royal: Sixty-Five Years of Theatre in Northampton, 1927–1992 (1992). Dr Foulkes has also published in Shakespeare Survey, British Dramatists Since World War II, The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare, and the forthcoming New Dictionary of National Biography, of which he is an Associate Editor.

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