Shakespeare's Victorian Stage: Performing History in the Theatre of Charles Kean

Shakespeare's Victorian Stage: Performing History in the Theatre of Charles Kean

by Richard W. Schoch
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521034361

ISBN-13: 9780521034364

Pub. Date: 10/28/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This is the first book to explore the revivals of Shakespeare's history plays, Henry V, Henry VIII, King John, Macbeth, and Richard II, as staged by the actor-manager Charles Kean in mid-Victorian London. These celebrated productions, renowned for their attention to antiquarian detail, provided an opportunity for audiences to participate in the Victorian obsession

Overview

This is the first book to explore the revivals of Shakespeare's history plays, Henry V, Henry VIII, King John, Macbeth, and Richard II, as staged by the actor-manager Charles Kean in mid-Victorian London. These celebrated productions, renowned for their attention to antiquarian detail, provided an opportunity for audiences to participate in the Victorian obsession with history. Many illustrations are previously unpublished and the book will be of interest to scholars and students of theatre history, Shakespeare studies and Victorian culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521034364
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/28/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.51(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. 'The prince of theatrical antiquaries'; 2. 'Admirable exemplifications': the rise of theatrical historicism; 3. 'Solid fragments': the poetics of performing history; 4. 'The homestead of history': medievalism and nationhood on the mid-Victorian stage; 5. Clio: the Muse that got away; Envoi: 'Getting away from everything feels good'; Bibliography; Index.

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