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Shakespeare in Performance

Castings and Metamorphoses

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Ralph Berry
    Pages 1-14
  3. Ralph Berry
    Pages 15-26
  4. Ralph Berry
    Pages 27-40
  5. Ralph Berry
    Pages 57-65
  6. Ralph Berry
    Pages 95-103
  7. Ralph Berry
    Pages 105-117
  8. Ralph Berry
    Pages 119-125
  9. Ralph Berry
    Pages 141-154
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 155-171

About this book


These studies of Shakespeare in performance take stage history as a means of knowing the play. Half these studies deal with casting: doubling, Chorus and the crowd, the star of Hamlet and Measure for Measure. The transformations of The Tempest and Dramatis Personae are analysed. Audience control is studied in King Lear, through Cordelia's asides, in Richard II with its subversive laughter, and in Henry IV with its scenic alternation of pleasure and duty. Performance is the realization of identity.


drama Hamlet history history of literature identity King Lear knowledge performance play stage tradition transformation triangle William Shakespeare

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