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Shakespeare in the Theatre - The American Shakespeare Center

Shakespeare in the Theatre - The American Shakespeare Center $24.99

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Paul Menzer

Published by Methuen

The original Blackfriars closed its doors in the 1640s, ending over half-a-century of performances by men and boys

But in 2001, in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, it opened once again

The reconstructed Blackfriars - home to the American Shakespeare Center - represents an old playhouse for the new millennium and symbolically registers the permanent revolution in the performance of Shakespeare

Time and again, the industry refreshes its practices by rediscovering its own history

This book assesses how one American company has capitalised on history and in so doing has forged one of its own to become a major influence in contemporary Shakespearean theatre

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Chapter 1: Revolutionary Nostalgia
Chapter 2: A Peculiar Institution
Chapter 3: Bringing History to Light
Chapter 4: Ready or not
Chapter 5: In Others' Words

Appendices: Timelines; Performance history; Architectural History

Bibliography

Notes

Index

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