Staging Shakespeare in England Since the Restoration

Authored by: Kathryn Prince

The Shakespearean World

Print publication date:  March  2017
Online publication date:  March  2017

Print ISBN: 9780415732529
eBook ISBN: 9781315778341
Adobe ISBN: 9781317696193

10.4324/9781315778341.ch1

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Abstract

The history of Shakespeare on stage in England since the Restoration illuminates and imbricates the history of English theatre. By considering how Shakespeare has been performed in his own country since his own time, this chapter explores the Continental and, eventually, broadly international influences on Shakespearean performance and, in particular, the influence of increasing globalization. Throughout this history, a pronounced pride in Shakespeare’s originality, genius, and quintessential Englishness has vied with a strong interest in his universality and contemporary relevance, often resulting in friction between professedly authentic and determinedly innovative approaches to the performance of his plays.

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