Journal Article

‘Stages of Performance’: Adaptation and Intermediality in <i>Theatre of Blood</i> (1973)

Victoria Lowe

in Adaptation

Volume 3, issue 2, pages 99-111
Published in print September 2010 | ISSN: 1755-0637
Published online April 2009 | e-ISSN: 1755-0645 | DOI:
‘Stages of Performance’: Adaptation and Intermediality in Theatre of Blood (1973)

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This article uses the 1973 film Theatre of Blood (Douglas Hickox, 1973) as a vehicle with which to explore issues of intermediality in the adapted work. I will start by discussing the term intermediality, proposing it as a valuable critical framework with which to revitalize discussion of specifically British cinema. I will then explore the film's inherent inter-mediality, arguing that through its narrative strategies, mise en scène, and performances, the film plays upon the tensions between what it deems to be the medium-specific spaces of stage and film historically produced by British culture. Finally, the article will explore notions of national and cultural context, interrogating the two texts in relation to perceived values attached to Shakespeare, the theatre and the cinema within specifically British culture.

Keywords: Adaptation; intermediality; Shakespeare; British cinema; performance

Journal Article.  6919 words. 

Subjects: Film ; Television ; Literature

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