This study explores the wide range of meanings that Shakespeare plays can generate; analyzes their literary and dramatic craftsmanship; looks at Shakespeare's impact through the ages; and the varied realizations of his plays in modern theater.
An account of the people for whom Shakespeare wrote his plays, with evidence from the writings of the time to describe the playhouses; services provided; ticket costs; crowd sizes; smells; pickpockets; and the collective feelings generated by the plays. The author considers the difference between Shakespearean and modern thinking about early staging, the complex historical process which established the permanent playhouses, and the development of a distinctly different acting style in the open-air playhouses from that of the indoor halls.
An extensive look at how Shakespeare has been adapted on film/TV/video, exploring the impact of this popularization on the canonical status of Shakespeare. From BBC television productions; filmed theatre productions; to full screen adaptations.
A collection of essays on cinematic Shakespeare in the 1990s and beyond. The text focuses on the impact of postcolonialism; globalization; and digital film on recent adaptations of Shakespeare - including American, British, European and Asian films.
An anthology of the most significant essays and book chapters published on Shakespeare in the second half of the twentieth century. Introduces a variety of theoretical positions, thematic claims, methodologies, and modes of argument in Shakespeare criticism over the last 50 years.
Focusing on the practical means and media of Shakespeare's stage, this study envisions horizons for his achievement in the theatre. Bridging the gap between today's page- and stage-centred interpretations, two renowned Shakespeareans demonstrate the artful means by which Shakespeare responded to the competing claims of acting and writing in the Elizabethan era.
Created in 1594, the theatre company in which Shakespeare acted and which staged all his plays became the King's Men in 1603 and ran for forty-eight years up to closure in 1642. This text examines the company's activities; explores its social role; and examines its repertoire of plays.
This collection is the first sustained study of Shakespeare on the university and college stage. Treating the subject both historically and globally, the essays describe theatrical conditions that fit neither the professional nor the amateur models and show how student performances provide valuable vehicles for artistic construction and intellectual analysis.
This text reconstructs the ways in which Shakespearean plays were originally staged, and shows how the physical possibilities and limitations of these theatres affected both the writing and the performances. The book explains the conditions under which the early playwrights and players worked; their preparation of the plays for the stage; and their rehearsal practices.
This text examines the theory and practice of editing Shakespeare's plays, in particular, how best to engage editorially with evidence provided by historical research into the playhouse, author's study and printing house. How are editors of playscripts to mediate history, in its many forms, for modern users?