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King Henry V

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  • Date Published: June 2002
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521594288

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  • This is the first stage history of Shakespeare's King Henry V to cover the play's theatrical life since its first performance in 1599. Staging this play has always been a political act, and the substantial introduction traces its theatrical interventions into conflicts from the Napoleonic Wars to Vietnam and the Falklands crisis, offering a complete account of the play's fortunes: from its absence in the seventeenth century to its dominant position as historical spectacle in the Victorian period, through twentieth-century productions, which include the popular films by Olivier and Branagh. Together they raise vital interpretative questions: is Henry V an epic of English nationalism, a knowing and cynical piece of power politics, or an anti-war manifesto? The volume also includes the play text, illustrations and detailed footnotes about major performances.

    • An edition of the play which emphasizes performance history
    • Useful for scholars, actors and directors
    • Video productions of the two films of this play (Olivier and Branagh) are widely available and make it a popular play to teach in the classroom at undergraduate level
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    'I cannot recommend too highly the whole series (a bargain at £16.99 for each play) to all theatre lovers, theatregoers, theatre practitioners, and anybody who enjoys Shakespeare.' Robert Tanitch, What's on in London

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2002
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521594288
    • length: 260 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 159 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.547kg
    • contains: 12 b/w illus. 1 table
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Series editors' preface
    List of abbreviations
    Select chronology of English-language performances
    Introduction
    King Henry V and commentary
    Index.

  • Author

    William Shakespeare

    Editor

    Emma Smith, University of Oxford
    Emma Smith is Fellow and Tutor in English at Hertford College, Oxford. From 1991–97 she was a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. She has lectured and published widely on Shakespeare and early modern drama, including an edition of Thomas Kyd's The Spanish Tragedy (1999).

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