New Places: Shakespeare and Civic Creativity

New Places: Shakespeare and Civic Creativity


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New Places: Shakespeare and Civic Creativity documents and analyses the different ways in which a range of innovative projects take Shakespeare out into the world beyond education and the theatre. Mixing critical reflection on the social value of Shakespeare with new creative work in different forms and idioms, the volume triumphantly shows that Shakespeare can make a real contribution to contemporary civic life. Highlights include: Garrick's 1769 Shakespeare ode, its revival in 2016, and a devised performance interpretation of it; the full text of Carol Ann Duffy's A Shakespeare Masque (set to music by Sally Beamish); a new Shakespearean libretto inspired by Wagner; an exploration of the civic potential of new Shakespeare opera and ballet; a fresh Shakespeare-inspired poetic liturgy, including commissions by major British poets; a production of The Merchant of Venice marking the 500th anniversary of the Venetian Jewish Ghetto; and a remaking of Pericles as a response to the global migrant crisis.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781474244541
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 10/31/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

Paul Edmondson is Head of Research at The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, a Trustee of the British Shakespeare Association, and Honorary Fellow of The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham, UK

Ewan Fernie is Chair, Professor and Fellow at The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham, UK.

Contributors: Shaul Bassi, Sally Beamish, Silvia Bigliazzi, Hester Bradley, Katharine Craik, Michael Dobson, Carol Ann Duffy,Tobias Döring, Paul Fiddes, David Fuller, Graham Holderness, Jenny Lewis, Sinead Morrissey, Richard O'Brien, Micheal O'Siadhail, David Ruiter, Lawrence Sail, Katherine Scheil, Michael Symmons.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Contributors
Preface by Paul Edmondson
Introduction by Ewan Fernie
Part I: After Garrick
1. Reviving Garrick (including An ode upon dedicating a building, and erecting a statue, to Shakespeare, at Stratford upon Avon by David Garrick) by Michael Dobson
2. A Shakespeare Masque: Reflections on an Anniversary Commission with Sally Beamish and Carol Ann Duffy (including the words of A Shakespeare Masque by Carol Ann Duffy) by Paul Edmondson
3. Shakespeare Unbard: Negotiating Civic Shakespeare by Hester Bradley and Richard O'Brien
Part II: New Places; New Forms
4. Communities in the Theatre and in the World: Three Ballets and a Masque by David Fuller
5. Seeing More Clearly with the Eyes of Love: A Liturgy for Voices based on 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' by Paul Fiddes and Andrew Taylor
6. The Marina Project by Katharine Craik and Ewan Fernie
Part III: New Places: Europe
7. Shakespeare's German Place: Weimar and the Jubilees, 1864/2014 by Tobias Döring
8. On Romeo and Juliet and Civic Crisis in Contemporary Verona by Silvia Bigliazzi
9. Shylock in the Thinking Machine: Civic Shakespeare and the Future of Venice by Shaul Bassi
10. Mastersinger Shakespeare! by Paul Edmondson
Part III: New Places: North America
11. New Places for Civic Shakespeare in America by Katherine Scheil
12. Shakespeare and Theatre at the Civic Intersection by David Ruiter
Afterword by Graham Holderness

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