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The Roman actor : a tragedy

Author: Philip Massinger; Martin White
Publisher: Manchester ; New York : Manchester University Press ; New York : Distributed exclusively in the USA by Palgrave, 2007.
Series: Revels plays.
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"Philip Massinger's tragedy, The Roman Actor, was first performed in 1626, as King James I's reign came to an end and his son Charles I acceded to the throne. Three years later, when the play was published, relations between the king and many in parliament and the country, had worsened. The Roman Actor - until recently neglected in the theatre but regarded by Massinger himself, and many critics, as his finest play -  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Drama
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Massinger, Philip, 1583-1640.
Roman actor.
Manchester ; New York : Manchester University Press ; New York : Distributed exclusively in the USA by Palgrave ; 2007
(OCoLC)606278167
Online version:
Massinger, Philip, 1583-1640.
Roman actor.
Manchester ; New York : Manchester University Press ; New York : Distributed exclusively in the USA by Palgrave ; 2007
(OCoLC)608077058
Named Person: Domitian, Emperor of Rome; Domitian, Emperor of Rome; Philip Massinger
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Philip Massinger; Martin White
ISBN: 9780719077036 0719077036
OCLC Number: 181137250
Description: xxiii, 245 pages : illustrations, facsimiles ; 21 cm.
Contents: List of illustrations General Editors' preface Preface Abbreviations and references Introduction - Massinger's Life and Work - Date of The Roman Actor - Sources - The Contemporary World of The Roman Actor - The Play - Stage History - Notes - Select Bibliography THE ROMAN ACTOR Appendix 1: The text Appendix 2: the King's College, Cambridge, quarto Appendix 3: Antony Sher: Playing Domitian
Series Title: Revels plays.
Responsibility: Philip Massinger ; edited by Martin White.

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