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    Shakespeare and amateur performance: a cultural history

    Dobson, Michael (2011) Shakespeare and amateur performance: a cultural history. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9780521862349.

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    Abstract

    Book synopsis: From the Hamlet acted on a galleon off Africa to the countless outdoor productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream that now defy each English summer, Shakespeare and Amateur Performance explores the unsung achievements of those outside the theatrical profession who have been determined to do Shakespeare themselves. Based on extensive research in previously unexplored archives, this generously illustrated and lively work of theater history enriches our understanding of how and why Shakespeare's plays have mattered to generations of rude mechanicals and aristocratic dilettantes alike: from the days of the Theaters Royal to those of the Little Theater Movement, from the pioneering Winter's Tale performed in eighteenth-century Salisbury to the Merchant of Venice performed by Allied prisoners for their Nazi captors, and from the how-to book which transforms Mercutio into Yankee Doodle to the Napoleonic counterspy who used Richard III as a tool of surveillance.

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    Item Type: Book
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Arts > English and Humanities
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2013 14:21
    Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:28
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/6250

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