Popular Shakespeare

Simulation and Subversion on the Modern Stage

  • Authors
  • Stephen Purcell

Part of the Palgrave Shakespeare Studies book series (PASHST)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Ambiguous Applause

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-3
    2. Stephen Purcell
      Pages 4-26
  3. Stand-up Shakespeare

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 27-29
  4. Jeffrey Archer: The One that Got Away

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 56-59
  5. A Bit Sexist

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-94
  6. Blasphemy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 139-141
  7. Alternative Endings

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 172-173
    2. Stephen Purcell
      Pages 174-205
  8. ‘It’s the famous bit!’: Fragments

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 206-210
    2. Stephen Purcell
      Pages 211-221
  9. Rough Magic

    1. Stephen Purcell
      Pages 222-224
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 225-262

About this book


In recent years, the 'Popular Shakespeare' phenomenon has become ever more pervasive: in fringe productions, mainstream theatre, or the mass media, Shakespeare is increasingly constructed as an authentic part of popular culture. A vivid account of Shakespeare in performance since the 1990s, this book examines what 'Shakespeare' means to us today.


culture stage theatre William Shakespeare

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