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
     
 

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…  See more details below

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 Many illustrations are previously unpublished and the book will be of interest to scholars and students of theatre history, Shakespeare studies and Victorian culture.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
Introduction1
1'The prince of theatrical antiquaries'22
2'Admirable exemplifications': the rise of theatrical historicism55
3'Solid fragments': the poetics of performing history81
4'The homestead of history': medievalism and nationhood on the mid-Victorian stage113
5Clio: the Muse that got away140
Envoi: 'Getting away from everything feels good'183
Bibliography189
Index203

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