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Margaret of Anjou: Shakespeare’s Adapted Heroine

  • Charlene V. Smith
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Part of the Queenship and Power book series (QAP)

Abstract

Though appearing in four plays attributed to Shakespeare, Margaret of Anjou then disappeared almost completely from the English-speaking stage for 350 years. After World War II, several landmark cyclical productions in England rescued the three Henry VI plays from obscurity, proving their theatrical viability. The success of these productions helped inspire a growing trend of single-play adaptations centered on Margaret. Considered expressly feminist works by their creators, these adaptations reveal a canonical female character for women to perform on the magnitude of King Lear. Seeing the great role of Margaret as having been obscured by the economic and political considerations of the performance industry, modern writers and directors purposefully use adaptation in order to celebrate Shakespeare’s Margaret.

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  • Charlene V. Smith
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  1. 1.Brave Spirits TheatreAlexandriaUSA

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