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'Coriolanus' in Europe
     

'Coriolanus' in Europe

by David Daniell
 

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Coriolanus has always attracted strong interest, whether seen as the last of Shakespeare's tragedies, or as his most political play. In performance it has been constantly reinterpreted and has often strayed far from Shakespeare's text.

The Royal Shakespeare Company production, mounted by Terry Hands with Alan Howard in the title role, was acclaimed by

Overview

Coriolanus has always attracted strong interest, whether seen as the last of Shakespeare's tragedies, or as his most political play. In performance it has been constantly reinterpreted and has often strayed far from Shakespeare's text.

The Royal Shakespeare Company production, mounted by Terry Hands with Alan Howard in the title role, was acclaimed by audiences and critics in Stratford and London for its forcefulness and fidelity to Shakespeare's play. David Daniell accompanied the Company on its subsequent tour in Europe where audiences were stimulated by this powerful production of a play that has a startling European history of heavy political adaptation.

Living closely with the Company, David Daniell gained a remarkable standpoint for approaching the play and its performance as well as for drawing a fascinating account of a great theatre company on the move. His interpretation of the play and theatrical technique draws extensively on the experiences of the actors, other members of the company and its European hosts, audiences and critics.

Coriolanus in Europe provides some penetrating insights into the problems and achievements of present-day theatre in general and of one outstanding Company in particular.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781472507310
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
05/08/2014
Series:
Bloomsbury Academic Collections: English Literary Criticism Series
Pages:
171
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

David Daniell is Emeritus Professor of English at University College London.

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