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The Tempest (Shakespeare in Production Series)

The Tempest (Shakespeare in Production Series)
Your Price: $48.95 CDN
Author: William Shakespeare
Edited by: Christine Dymkowski
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Series: Shakespeare in Production
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 373
Pub. Date: 2000
ISBN-10: 0521783755
ISBN-13: 9780521783750

About the Book:

Shakespeare's last play seems unusually elastic, capable of radically different interpretations, which reflect the social, political, scientific, or moral concerns of their period. This edition of The Tempest is the first dedicated to its long and rich stage history. Christine Dymkowski draws on a wide variety of sources and examines four centuries of mainstream, regional, and fringe productions in Britain, nineteenth- and twentieth-century American stagings, and recent Australian, Canadian, French, Italian, and Japanese productions. She analyzes the cultural significance of changes in theatrical representations: for example when and why Caliban began to be represented by a black actor, and Ariel became a man's role rather than a woman's. The commentary annotates each line of the play with details about acting, setting, textual alteration and contemporary reception.

What people say:

"In her ample introduction, the editor ably chronicles salient differences among interpretive treatments of The Tempest on international stages. She draws on accounts of more than 100 productions from the 17th through the 20th centuries to delineate a broad range of performative representations ... A valuable tool for readers of Shakespeare as well as sage practitioners and playgoers." — Choice

About the Author:

Christine Dymkowski is Professor of Drama and Theatre History at Royal Holloway, University of London. She has a special interest in the history of Shakespeare production within its wider cultural contexts.