Performing Shakespeare in the Age of Empire (Hardback)
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Performing Shakespeare in the Age of Empire (Hardback)

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Hardback 246 Pages / Published: 14/02/2002
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During the nineteenth century the performance of Shakespeare's plays contributed significantly to the creation of a sense of British nationhood at home and overseas. This was achieved through the enterprise of the commercial theatre rather that state subsidy and institutions. Britain had no National Theatre, but Shakespeare's plays were performed up and down the land from the fashionable West End to the suburbs of the capital and the expanding industrial conurbations to the north. British actors travelled the world to perform Shakespeare's plays, while foreign actors regarded success in London as the ultimate seal of approval. In this book, Richard Foulkes explores the political and social uses of Shakespeare through the nineteenth and into the twentieth century and the movement from the business of Shakespeare as an enterprise to that of enshrinement as a cultural icon. An examination of leading Shakespearean actors, managers and directors, from Britain and abroad, is also included in the study.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521630221
Number of pages: 246
Weight: 530 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'This is rather more than just another study of Shakespearean production in Victorian England: it is a collection of detailed studies of the functions that Shakespeare was made to serve, through live performance, throughout the world, between about 1832 and 1916.' Journal of Theatre Research International
'... cannot but impress [them] with its wealth of information and suggestions for further research.' English Studies
"[C]onsummately researched, beautifully written, and filled with detail." Choice
"Foulkes has valuably synthesiszed an enormous amount of material into an informative, tightly organized book. " Studies in English Literature

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