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 Many illustrations are previously unpublished and the book will be of interest to scholars and students of theatre history, Shakespeare studies and Victorian culture.
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|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.