The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare on Stage

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This Companion is designed for readers interested in past and present productions of the plays and to accompany the increasing number of courses devoted to the history of Shakespeare in performance. It addresses both British and international performance, from subjects such as British performing tradition, and Shakespearean developments to broader cultural concerns, tragic and comic acting, women performers of Shakespeare, and touring companies, among others.

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"A remarkable volume: one of the best in the Cambridge Companions series. In short, all libraries should purchase." Reference Reviews (UK)

"A welcome addition to the Companion series." Text and Performance

A textbook for a course on Shakespeare in performance, and complement to volumes on the plays in general and their film versions. The first chapters trace British performing tradition from the Elizabethan to the present. Others look at tragic and comic acting, women performers, and international performances. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Meet the Author

Stanley Wells is Emeritus Professor and Director of the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham. He is General Editor of the Oxford Shakespeare, editor of The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare Studies (1986), coeditor, with Margreta de Grazia, of The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare (2001), co-author of William Shakespeare: A Textual Companion (1987) and author of Shakespeare: A Dramatic Life (1995).

Sarah Stanton is Publishing Director and Senior Commissioning Editor at Cambridge University Press, in charge of the Shakespeare studies list. She has served as coeditor of Banham and Stanton, The Cambridge Paperback Guide to Theatre (Cambridge, 1996).

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Preface; 1. Shakespeare plays on Renaissance stages Gary Taylor; 2. Improving Shakespeare: from the Restoration to Garrick Jean I. Marsden; 3. Romantic Shakespeare Jane Moody; 4. Pictorial Shakespeare Richard W. Schoch; 5. Reconstructive Shakespeare: reproducing Elizabethan and Jacobean stages Marion O'Connor; 6. Twentieth-century performance: the Stratford and London companies Robert Smallwood; 7. The tragic actor and Shakespeare Simon Williams; 8. The comic actor and Shakespeare Peter Thomson; 9. Women and Shakespearean performance Penny Gay; 10. International Shakespeare Anthony B. Dawson; 11. Touring Shakespeare Peter Holland; 12. Shakespeare on the political stage in the twentieth century Wilhelm Hortmann; 13. Shakespeare in North America Michael A. Morrison; 14. Shakespeare on the stages of Asia John Gillies, Ryuta Minami, Ruru Li and Poonam Trivedi; 15. Shakespeare and Africa Martin Banham, Roshni Mooneeram and Jane Plastow; Further reading; Index.

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