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Reimagining Shakespeare's playhouse : early modern staging conventions in the twentieth century

Author: Joe Falocco
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; Rochester, NY : D.S. Brewer, 2010.
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Numerous attempts have been made in the modern and postmodern era to recreate the staging conventions of Shakespeare's theatre, from William Poel to the founders of the New Globe. This volume examines the work of these directors, analyzing their practical successes and failures; it also engages with the ideological critiques of early modern staging advanced by scholars such as W.B. Worthen and Ric Knowles. The  Read more...
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Named Person: William Shakespeare; William Poel; Harley Granville-Barker; Walter Nugent Bligh Monck; Tyrone Guthrie
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joe Falocco
ISBN: 9781843842415 1843842416
OCLC Number: 619195616
Description: vii, 208 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: William Poel. Refuting the conventional wisdom ; Poel versus the theatrical status quo ; Elizabethan history and contemporary politics ; Peter Keegan --
Harley Granville Barker. Biographical context ; Barker's Shakespeare productions ; Barker and literature --
Nugent Monck. Early work ; Architecture, design, and staging practices at The Maddermarket ; Populism and ideology ; The legacies of Monck and Barker --
Tyrone Guthrie. Before Elsinore ; The Elsinore Hamlet ; The Edinburgh Festival ; The founding of the Stratford Festival ; Guthrie's Stratford productions --
The new Globe. The quest for authenticity ; Earl's Court and the Chicago World's Fair ; Building Wanamaker's Globe ; Theatrical production at the new Globe.
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An examination of the recreation of Renaissance staging traditions in modern performances.  Read more...

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This book is as good as it gets on the controversy surrounding the architecture of the Elizabethan stage and the performance practices permitted or enforced by it. Joe Falocco writes with clarity, Read more...

 
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