The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare on Stage / Edition 1

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This Companion is designed for readers interested in past and present productions of the plays and to accompany the increasing number of courses devoted to the history of Shakespeare in performance. It addresses both British and international performance, from subjects such as British performing tradition, and Shakespearean developments to broader cultural concerns, tragic and comic acting, women performers of Shakespeare, and touring companies, among others.

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Editorial Reviews

A textbook for a course on Shakespeare in performance, and complement to volumes on the plays in general and their film versions. The first chapters trace British performing tradition from the Elizabethan to the present. Others look at tragic and comic acting, women performers, and international performances. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
From the Publisher
"A remarkable volume: one of the best in the Cambridge Companions series. In short, all libraries should purchase." Reference Reviews (UK)

"A welcome addition to the Companion series." Text and Performance

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521797115
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2008
  • Series: Cambridge Companions to Literature Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 340
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Stanley Wells is Emeritus Professor and Director of the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham. He is General Editor of the Oxford Shakespeare, editor of The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare Studies (1986), coeditor, with Margreta de Grazia, of The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare (2001), co-author of William Shakespeare: A Textual Companion (1987) and author of Shakespeare: A Dramatic Life (1995).

Sarah Stanton is Publishing Director and Senior Commissioning Editor at Cambridge University Press, in charge of the Shakespeare studies list. She has served as coeditor of Banham and Stanton, The Cambridge Paperback Guide to Theatre (Cambridge, 1996).

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Table of Contents

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List of contributors
1 Shakespeare plays on Renaissance stages 1
2 Improving Shakespeare: from the Restoration to Garrick 21
3 Romantic Shakespeare 37
4 Pictorial Shakespeare 58
5 Reconstructive Shakespeare: reproducing Elizabethan and Jacobean stages 76
6 Twentieth-century performance: the Stratford and London companies 98
7 The tragic actor and Shakespeare 118
8 The comic actor and Shakespeare 137
9 Women and Shakespearean performance 155
10 International Shakespeare 174
11 Touring Shakespeare 194
12 Shakespeare on the political stage in the twentieth century 212
13 Shakespeare in North America 230
14 Shakespeare on the stages of Asia 259
15 Shakespeare and Africa 284
Further reading 300
Index 310
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