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Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben's concept for life that has been exposed to what he terms the structure of exception that constitutes contemporary biopower. The term originates in ...

Antony and Cleopatra

Antony and Cleopatra   Reference library

Michael Dobson and Anthony Davies

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2015
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Literature, Shakespeare studies and criticism, Performing arts, Theatre
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3,330 words
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Oxford University Press
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...Princess’s in 1890 . Although Beerbohm Tree staged a predictably lavish version in 1907 , this approach to the play had already been superseded in Frank Benson ’s much sparer production (with himself as Antony) at Stratford, seconded by Robert Atkins ’s revolutionary, almost bare-stage production at the Old Vic in 1922 , in which Edith Evans played her first Cleopatra. Throughout the play’s stage history, productions in which both central performances have been equally praised have been rare: for many Vivien Leigh ’s Cleopatra ( 1951 ) outshone...

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark   Reference library

Michael Dobson and Anthony Davies

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2015
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Literature, Shakespeare studies and criticism, Performing arts, Theatre
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4,261 words
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Oxford University Press
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...despite being the most familiar play in the world, Hamlet still seems one of the most excitingly unpredictable, its ending as abrupt and tragic an interruption as ever. Critical history: It would be impossible, even in a book-length study, to do full justice to any more than the bare outlines of this play’s impact, not just in literary criticism and on the stage, but on Western culture at large: its characters have entered the realm of myth, and its motifs have been endlessly reworked, in fiction ( Gothic and otherwise), painting , opera , and film no...

France

France   Reference library

Isabelle Schwartz-Gastine

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2015
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Literature, Shakespeare studies and criticism, Performing arts, Theatre
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2,727 words
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...Lugné-Poë ( 1869–1940 ) promoted ‘Shakespeare without setting’ in an article after visiting William Poel ’s Shakespeare Stage Society. In a memorable one-night experiment at the Cirque d’Été in Paris, he directed a debatable Mesure pour mesure in 1898 on a reproduction of the bare Elizabethan stage with some innovative acting in the auditorium. His success was recognized in 1913 with a version of Hamlet by Georges Duval ‘in complete conformity with the English text’ in a fixed set (a Norman arch backstage) with only a few movable painted curtains. His...

Swan theatre

Swan theatre   Reference library

Gabriel Egan and Julian Bowsher

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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2015
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Literature, Shakespeare studies and criticism, Performing arts, Theatre
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753 words
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...external rendering too was deceptive. The described marbling, the circular shape, and the use of classical columns with ornate bases and capitals put the Swan in a neoclassical, Palladian tradition of design emerging at the end of the 16th century despite the apparent Tudor bareness of the sketch. The Swan was closed in 1597 when Pembroke’s Men played The Isle of Dogs (now lost) by Thomas Nashe and Ben Jonson , which was highly critical of the government and which landed the dramatists in jail. By 1602 it appears to have been operating again: the...

Shakespeare, William

Shakespeare, William (1564–1616)   Reference library

Stanley Wells

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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2015
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Literature, Shakespeare studies and criticism, Performing arts, Theatre
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...simply have helped his father with the family business. Presumably he started to write before joining a theatre company, but only a sonnet that seems to pun on the name ‘Hathaway’ has been assigned to his early years. The sole record of him during the so-called ‘lost years’ is a bare mention in a lawsuit involving his uncle by marriage, Edmund Lambert , in 1587 . It has been guessed that he joined the Queen’s Men when they visited Stratford in this year, but this distinguished company would have been unlikely to hire a novice. Still, Shakespeare’s...

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