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Representing Shakespeare

England, History and the RSC, 1st Edition

By Robert Shaughnessy


240 pages

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This text traces the changing theatrical and cultural identity of the History plays in the context of postwar social and political conflict, crisis and change. Since the company's inception in the early 1960s, the RSC's commitment to relevance has fostered close relationships between Shakespearean criticism and performance, and between the theatre and its audiences. Through a detailed discussion of key productions, from "The War of the Roses" in 1963 to "The Plantegenets" in 1988, Robert Shaughnessy emphasizes the political dimension of contemporary theatrical representations of Shakespeare, and of the "Shakespearean" modes of history that these plays have been employed to promote; individualist, cyclical, male-dominated, and driven by essentialised, transcendent human nature.

About the Author

Robert Shaughnessy is Professor of Theatre at the University of Kent, UK.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General