The Oxford Illustrated History of Shakespeare on Stage

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Covering 400 years of dramatic history--from the vital, competitive theater of Shakespeare's own lifetime to the wealth of interpretations, both classical and experimental, of the present day--this volume is the only modern stage history of its kind. Featuring a range of exciting essays from specialists in all aspects of Shakespeare production, and including a special chapter by Dame Judi Dench on the actor's perspective on the Bard, this volume is the essential Shakespearean stage reference. Copiously ...
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Overview

Covering 400 years of dramatic history--from the vital, competitive theater of Shakespeare's own lifetime to the wealth of interpretations, both classical and experimental, of the present day--this volume is the only modern stage history of its kind. Featuring a range of exciting essays from specialists in all aspects of Shakespeare production, and including a special chapter by Dame Judi Dench on the actor's perspective on the Bard, this volume is the essential Shakespearean stage reference. Copiously illustrated with both color photographs and black and white halftones, this magnificent resource offers a compelling and comprehensive account of the subject--from Burbage at the Globe to Branagh at the Barbican--and is a book that no Shakespeare lover will want to be without.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192802132
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/27/2001
  • Series: Oxford Illustrated Histories Series
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan Bate is King Alfred Professor of English Literature, University of Liverpool. Russell Jackson is Deputy Director of the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham.

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Table of Contents

Preface
List of Illustrations
Contributors
Introduction 1
1 Shakespeare's Elizabethan Stages 10
2 The King's Men and After 23
3 Improving on the Original: Actresses and Adaptations 45
4 The Age of Garrick 69
5 The Romantic Stage 92
6 Actor-Managers and the Spectacular 112
7 European Cross-Currents: Ibsen and Brecht 128
8 From the Old Vic to Gielgud and Olivier 139
9 Shakespeare and the Public Purse 160
10 Directors' Shakespeare 176
11 A Career in Shakespeare 197
12 Shakespeare in Opposition: From the 1950s to the 1990s 211
Notes 235
Further Reading 246
Index 250
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