Staging Matters: Shakespeare, the Director, and the Theatre Historian


in Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 139, 2005 Lectures

Published by British Academy

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780197263945
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734038 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Staging Matters: Shakespeare, the Director, and the Theatre Historian

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This chapter discusses the bases for the gap between Globe practitioners and the Shakespearean academic community and develops some implications. It attempts to recover a lost or blurred vocabulary of the theatre. The discussion also includes two assumptions: that Shakespeare and his colleagues actually knew what they were doing, and that their methods and working assumptions were not being taken for granted more than four centuries later. It notes that there is a proposition for the play adaptations of Shakespeare's work to be approached as scripts designed to be staged, rather than as solely literary texts to be read.

Keywords: Globe practitioners; academic community; vocabulary of theatre; Shakespeare

Chapter.  9032 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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