Tag Archives: history plays

Telling Histories with Shakespeare

A Soldier in Every Son, playing at the Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon appropriates, albeit loosely, Shakespeare’s history plays through a complex re-telling of Mexican history. In these blogs I have been thinking about Victorian Shakespeare and, particularly, stage spectacles. While it is difficult to imagine the approval of Shakespeare’s ‘bardolising’ Victorian audiences, the appropriation of select […]

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Staging History

It was a pleasure to welcome Janette Dillon to The Shakespeare Centre last week. She is Professor of Drama at the University of Nottingham and came along to speak about her new book in the Oxford Shakespeare Topics series. Janette explores ways of thinking about how Shakespeare’s history plays were originally staged. What was their […]

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Year of Shakespeare: Richard III at the RSC

This post is part of Year of Shakespeare, a project documenting the World Shakespeare Festival, the greatest celebration of Shakespeare the world has ever seen.   Richard III, Royal Shakespeare Company, dir. by Roxana Silbert, 10 May 2012 at the Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon By Peter J Smith, Nottingham Trent University Will I be in trouble for […]

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The Plays We Overlook – Introduction

There are the plays everybody knows and loves: the big four tragedies, the cross-dressing comedies, the Henry IVs, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Antony and Cleopatra. There are the plays we may feel we have to pretend we know, even if we don’t: Troilus and Cressida, Measure for Measure, The Winter’s Tale, and […]

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