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Shakespeare Manipulated: The Use of the Dramatic Works of Shakespeare in Teatro Di Figura in Italy

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Shakespeare Manipulated examines the links between William Shakespeare and the Italian theatre of marionette, burattini, and pupi, both during the dramatist's lifetime and in the production of his works in Italy within the genre of teatro di figura. Shakespeare's plays undergo a double transformation when they are performed both by a different theatrical genre and in a language other than English. Author Susan Young investigates such a double transformation in this study of the performance of Shakespeare by ...
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Shakespeare Manipulated examines the links between William Shakespeare and the Italian theatre of marionette, burattini, and pupi, both during the dramatist's lifetime and in the production of his works in Italy within the genre of teatro di figura. Shakespeare's plays undergo a double transformation when they are performed both by a different theatrical genre and in a language other than English. Author Susan Young investigates such a double transformation in this study of the performance of Shakespeare by Italian puppet theatre. The work is essentially a catalog of Shakespearean performance in Italian teatro di figura, which was compiled in order to record information that was widely scattered in Italian archives or retained only in the memories of surviving practitioners. Some seventy productions, dating from the late eighteenth century to the present, are recorded. In some cases, the only trace remaining of a production is a fleeting, unsubstantiated reference, but in many cases, it was possible to provide detailed information. The book supports its data with extensive photographic documentation of surviving puppets and stage designs, many of which are held in private collections or specialist museums. Also included are transcriptions of two previously unpublished manuscripts of adaptations of Shakespearean texts for puppet theatre, performed in 1881 and 1906. Much can be gleaned from the stage directions in these fascinating documents about the techniques of theatre with marionette. It is also apparent that these productions were a heady mixture of Shakespearean characters intermingled with stock comic masks of Italian tradition, displays of virtuoso technique, music, and dance. The texts are of considerable linguistic interest, combining as they do an elevated, archaic Italian for the Shakespearean characters with colloquial language or dialect for the masks. The production catalog concludes with a detailed reconstruction of a notable production of The Te
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  • ISBN-13: 9780838635780
  • Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/1996
  • Pages: 232

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 7
Introduction 9
1 Performances with marionette 23
2 Performances with pupi 67
3 Performances with burattini 87
4 Performances with Mixed Techniques 111
5 Analysis of a Production 125
6 Shakespeare with Strings: How the Bard Has Fared in teatro di figura 150
Appendix A: Copione for the Production of Hamlet by Luigi Lupi 160
Appendix B: Copione for the Production of Macbeth by Alfredo Cagnoli 187
Notes 216
Glossary 225
Bibliography 227
Index 231
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