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Popular Shakespeare

Simulation and Subversion on the Modern Stage

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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

About the authors

Stephen Purcell is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Warwick, UK. He directs for the theatre company The Pantaloons.

Bibliographic information


There is much to recommend in Popular Shakespeare . It is full of well-told and genuinely amusing examples of productions.' - Jerome Monahan, Around the Globe , magazine of Shakespeare's Globe