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Shakespeare and the Victorian Stage

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W. Moelwyn Merchant, James Fowler, Richard Foulkes, Marion Jones, Michael R. Booth, George Rowell, Peter Thompson, Cary M. Mazer, J. S. Bratton, Carol J. Carlisle, Ralph Berry, Christopher Murray, Jane W. Stedman, Arthur Jacobs, Simon Williams, Christopher Smith, Kenneth Richards, Arnold Hare, Jeremy Crump, Kathleen Barker
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  • Date Published: November 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521089531

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  • The contributions to this book constitute a concerted account of the place of Shakespeare in the Victorian theatre and the cultural life of the country in the nineteenth century. They explore the changing styles of acting and staging used for Shakespeare's plays by Macready, Charles Kean, the Irvings, Ellen Terry and Beerbohm Tree, and examine Shakespeare's influence on Victorian dramatists (Sheridan Knowles, Albery and W.S. Gilbert) and the relationship between the stage and the allied arts of painting (David Scott, the Pre-Raphaelites and Alma-Tadema) and music (Sullivan). During Queen Victoria's reign Shakespeare's plays attracted new audiences from the court at Windsor to such rapidly expanding conurbations as Leicester and Sheffield. In France, Germany, Italy and the New World, Shakespeare effectively became an ambassador of Britain's growing power and influence. The book develops a fascinating and well-illustrated account of these changes.

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    • Date Published: November 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521089531
    • length: 332 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.49kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Shakespeare in the Picture Frame:
    1. Artists and Stage Designers W. Moelwyn Merchant
    2. David Scott's Queen Elizabeth Viewing the Performance of the 'Merry Wives of Windsor' in the Globe Theatre James Fowler
    3. Charles Kean's King Richard II: A Pre-Raphelite drama Richard Foulkes
    4. Stage Costume: Historical Verisimilitude and Stage Convention Marion Jones
    Part II. Shakespeare and the Lyceum Dynasty:
    5. Pictorial Acting and Ellen Terry Michael R. Booth
    6. Mercutio as Romeo: William Terriss in Romeo and Juliet George Rowell
    7. 'Weirdness that lifts and colours all': The Secret Self of Henry Irving Peter Thompson
    8. The Criminal as Actor: H. B. Irving as Criminologist and Shakespearean Cary M. Mazer
    Part III. Shakespeare Ancient and Modern:
    9. The Lear of Private Life: Interpretations of King Lear in the Nineteenth Century J. S. Bratton
    10. Macready's Production of Cymbeline Carol J. Carlisle
    11. The Imperial Theme Ralph Berry
    Part IV. Shakespeare as a Contemporary:
    12. James Sheridan Knowles: The Victorian Shakespeare? Christopher Murray
    13. Victorian Imitations of and Variations on A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Tempest Jane W. Stedman
    14. Sullivan and Shakespeare Arthur Jacobs
    Part V. Shakespeare as a Foreign Dramatist:
    15. The 'Shakespeare-Stage' in Nineteenth-Century Germany Simon Williams
    16. Shakespeare on French Stages in the Nineteenth Century Christopher Smith
    17. Shakespeare and the Italian Players in Victorian London Kenneth Richards
    Part VI. Shakespeare in the provinces:
    18. Shakespeare in a Victorian Provincial Stock Company Arnold Hare
    19. The Popular Audience for Shakespeare in Nineteenth-Century Leicester Jeremy Crump
    20. Charles Dillon: A Provincial Tragedian Kathleen Barker.

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    Richard Foulkes

    Contributors

    W. Moelwyn Merchant, James Fowler, Richard Foulkes, Marion Jones, Michael R. Booth, George Rowell, Peter Thompson, Cary M. Mazer, J. S. Bratton, Carol J. Carlisle, Ralph Berry, Christopher Murray, Jane W. Stedman, Arthur Jacobs, Simon Williams, Christopher Smith, Kenneth Richards, Arnold Hare, Jeremy Crump, Kathleen Barker

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