Reviewing Shakespeare: Journalism and Performance from the Eighteenth Century to the Present

Reviewing Shakespeare: Journalism and Performance from the Eighteenth Century to the Present

By: Paul Prescott (author)Paperback

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Ranging from David Garrick's Macbeth in the 1740s to the World Shakespeare Festival in London 2012, this is the first book to provide in-depth analysis of the history and practice of Shakespearean theatre reviewing. Reviewing Shakespeare describes the changing priorities and interpretative habits of theatre critics as they have both responded to and provoked innovations in Shakespearean performance culture over the last three centuries. It analyses the conditions - theatrical, journalistic, social and personal - in which Shakespearean reception has taken place, presenting original readings of the works of key critics (Shaw, Beerbohm, Agate and Tynan), whilst also tracking broader historical shifts in the relationship between reviewers and performance. Prescott explores the key function of the 'night-watch constable' in patrolling the boundaries of legitimate Shakespearean performance and offers a compelling account of the many ways in which newspaper reviews are uniquely fruitful documents for anyone interested in Shakespeare and the theatre.

About Author

Paul Prescott is Associate Professor of English at the University of Warwick, a Trustee of the British Shakespeare Association and a teaching associate of the Royal Shakespeare Company. He has published widely on theatre history, contemporary performance and creative pedagogy, and is currently completing a short biography of Sam Wanamaker, founder of the Globe. His work has appeared in publications including The New Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare, The Blackwell Companion to Shakespeare and Performance and Shakespeare Survey. He is the co-founder of and


1. An introduction to the night-watch constable; 2. Tradition and the individual talent: reviewing the Macbeth actor c.1740s-1890s; 3. New journalism, new critics c.1890-1910; 4. The reviewer in transition c.1920-60; 5. New contexts, new crises (1997-2012): reviewing from the opening of Shakespeare's Globe to the World Shakespeare Festival 2012; Works cited.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781108439077
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 226
  • ID: 9781108439077
  • weight: 350
  • ISBN10: 1108439071

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