You are looking at 1-20 of 30 entries  for:

  • All: Alexander the Great x
  • Shakespeare studies and criticism x
clear all

View:

Overview

Alexander the Great

[Na] Leader of the Macedonians. Born in 356 bc, Alexander was tutored in his early years by Aristotle before succeeding his father Philip as king of Macedonia and the mainland of ...

Richard III

Richard III   Quick reference

An A-Z Guide to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2013

...for the Old Vic in 1944–5 and 1948–9 , and for his film version he had John Gielgud as Clarence and Ralph Richardson as Buckingham; Margaret was omitted, but Jane Shore was introduced as a nonspeaking role. Ian Holm played Richard in Peter Hall 's Stratford-upon-Avon production, as part of The Wars of the Roses , in 1963 , etc., with Peggy Ashcroft as Margaret. In 1984 , Bill Alexander directed an intelligent production at Stratford with Antony Sher as a brilliant Richard. Despite the precedent of Ashcroft's Margaret, Bill Alexander cut...

Henry V

Henry V   Reference library

Michael Dobson and Anthony Davies

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare studies and criticism, Performing arts, Theatre
Length:
3,163 words
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

...are horrified that the French have killed the English boys who were guarding the camp. Fluellen praises Harry, proud that the King was born in Monmouth, and makes a far-fetched comparison between Harry and Alexander the Great, likening Alexander’s killing of his friend Cleitus to Harry’s rejection of Falstaff. The King, angry to have heard of the slaughter of the boys, receives Montjoy, who concedes defeat. Fluellen congratulates the King for living up to the example of his ancestors and for being proud to be Welsh: heralds go to count the dead. Harry speaks...

Love’s Labour’s Lost

Love’s Labour’s Lost   Reference library

Michael Dobson, Will Sharpe, and Anthony Davies

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare studies and criticism, Performing arts, Theatre
Length:
2,517 words
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

...Pompey the Great, Nathaniel (who forgets his words) plays Alexander the Great, Mote plays the infant Hercules strangling snakes in his cradle, but Holofernes’ performance as Judas Maccabeus is dashed by heckling. Armado appears as Hector, and is even more dashed by Costard’s public claim that Jaquenetta is two months’ pregnant by him: the two nearly come to blows, but at this point the entertainment is interrupted by the coming of a messenger, Mercadé. He brings the news that the Princess’s father has died. The women at last listen seriously to the mens’...

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

The Two Gentlemen of Verona   Reference library

Michael Dobson, Will Sharpe, and Anthony Davies

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare studies and criticism, Performing arts, Theatre
Length:
2,682 words
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

...subsequent critics (such as Alexander Leggatt ) have been less inclined to regard all an audience’s laughs at the central characters’ expense as unintended by Shakespeare, the notion that certain figures in the play (notably Julia) are fatally out of drawing with the play’s Lylyan genre remains a prevalent one in recent discussions. Stage history: The Folio’s text may suggest that the play was still in use by Shakespeare’s company as late as 1606 , but since the Renaissance it has been one of his least successful plays in the theatre: in England only ...

All Is True

All Is True   Reference library

Michael Dobson, Will Sharpe, and Anthony Davies

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare studies and criticism, Performing arts, Theatre
Length:
2,792 words
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

...and the sometimes cosmetic alteration of their sequence. Despite the impression given by the play, Queen Catherine was still alive when Princess Elizabeth was born (hence the Catholic view that she was illegitimate), and despite the impression of an achieved harmony at the play’s close, Cranmer’s troubles with the Council, dramatized in 5.1–2, still lay seven years ahead when she was christened. Synopsis: A prologue promises a serious play which will depict the abrupt falls of great men. 1.1 The Duke of Norfolk tells the Duke of Buckingham about the...

King Lear

King Lear   Reference library

Stanley Wells and Anthony Davies

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare studies and criticism, Performing arts, Theatre
Length:
3,801 words
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

...that the 1608 quarto represents the play as Shakespeare first wrote it, and the Folio a substantial revision, cutting some 300 lines and adding about 100, and with many other variations. The Oxford editors first disentangled the two texts under their original printed titles of The History and The Tragedy of King Lear . The synopsis given below is based on the History but indicates major variations in the Tragedy . Sources: Lear’s story had often been told and Shakespeare appears to have known several versions. He treats it with great freedom,...

The Merchant of Venice

The Merchant of Venice   Reference library

Michael Dobson, Will Sharpe, and Anthony Davies

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare studies and criticism, Performing arts, Theatre
Length:
3,171 words
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Illustration(s):
1

...before the Lady’s maid warns him not to drink the wine which the Lady always offers her suitors before bed, which she drugs: he is thus enabled to win her. As in the play, the Jew is foiled in his attempt to exact a pound of flesh from the defaulting merchant. Shakespeare knew the pound of flesh story from other sources too, one of which, Alexander Silvayn ’s The Orator (translated in 1596 ), influenced his own trial scene. In rewriting the story of Giannetto as that of Bassanio, Shakespeare replaced the seduction test with the choice of the three...

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

A Midsummer Night’s Dream   Reference library

Michael Dobson and Anthony Davies

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare studies and criticism, Performing arts, Theatre
Length:
3,220 words
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Illustration(s):
1

... Barber, C. L. , in Shakespeare’s Festive Comedy (1957) Barton, Anne in Shakespeare and the Idea of the Play (1962) Dent, R. W. , ‘Imagination in A Midsummer Night’s Dream ’, Shakespeare Quarterly 15 (1964) Leggatt, Alexander , in Shakespeare’s Comedy of Love (1974) Montrose, Louis , ‘“Shaping Fantasies”: Configurations of Gender and Power in Elizabethan Culture’, Representations , 1 (1983) Young, David P. , ‘ Something of Great Constancy’: The Art of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream ’...

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark   Reference library

Michael Dobson and Anthony Davies

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare studies and criticism, Performing arts, Theatre
Length:
4,261 words
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Illustration(s):
1

...the Ghost, unseen by Gertrude, reappears and urges him not to be distracted from his revenge. Hamlet assures Gertrude he is not insane and makes her promise secrecy before dragging off Polonius’ body. 4.1–3 Claudius, learning of Polonius’ death from Gertrude, sends Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to seek Hamlet: with great difficulty they bring the morbidly joking prince before Claudius, who tells Hamlet he is to be sent at once to England for his own protection but who discloses in soliloquy that he is sending letters along with the Prince instructing the...

Sir Nathaniel

Sir Nathaniel  

He is a curate in Love's Labour's Lost who plays Alexander the Great (conqueror of Asia in the 4th century bc) in the performance of ‘The Nine Worthies’, 5.2.Anne Button[...]
Henry VI, Part Three

Henry VI, Part Three  

The third play in Shakespeare's first historical tetralogy was first printed in a corrupt text in 1595 ( see ‘CONTENTION’ PLAYS). As with 2 Henry VI, the title may derive from the editors of the ...
English language

English language  

The Germanic language spoken in England which takes its name from the Angles (who first committed their dialect to writing) and was extended to refer to all the dialects of the vernacular, Saxon and ...
Nathaniel, Sir

Nathaniel, Sir   Reference library

Anne Button

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2015

...Sir . He is a curate in Love’s Labour’s Lost who plays Alexander the Great (conqueror of Asia in the 4th century bc ) in the performance of ‘The Nine Worthies’ , 5.2. Anne...

Barry, Elizabeth

Barry, Elizabeth (1658–1713)   Reference library

Catherine Alexander

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2015

...Elizabeth ( c. 1658–1713 ), usually credited as the first great English actress. She worked with Davenant , played opposite Betterton , including Cordelia, for the Duke’s Company, and was particularly successful in history and tragedy (although not as Lady Macbeth). The frontispiece of Rowe ’s 1709 Shakespeare shows her as Gertrude. Catherine ...

Pope, Alexander

Pope, Alexander (1688–1744)   Reference library

Marcus Walsh

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2015

...according to aesthetic criteria. The ‘most shining passages’ are pointed out by marginal quotation marks, or preceded by an asterisk. Some lines which Pope thought ‘excessively bad’, on the basis of their verbal quibbles or conceits , he ‘degraded’ from the text itself to the foot of the page. Pope’s preface is an important document of early 18th-century English criticism, characterizing Shakespeare, despite his ‘great defects’, as an original genius, the great poet of nature, and famously comparing the Shakespearian drama, in its strength and irregularity,...

Aspinall, Alexander

Aspinall, Alexander   Reference library

Stanley Wells

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2015

...Alexander , master of Stratford grammar school from 1582 until he died in 1624 , and the subject of a ‘posy’ ascribed to Shakespeare in a manuscript miscellany compiled by Sir Francis Fane ( 1611–80 ): The gift is small, The will is all, Alexander Aspinall. Fane added the note ‘Shakespeare upon a pair of gloves that master sent to his mistress’ and it has been conjectured that Aspinall bought the gloves from John Shakespeare for his betrothed before his marriage in 1594 ; Fripp proposed him (on no evidence) as a model for Holofernes in Love’s...

Bulgaria

Bulgaria   Reference library

Boika Sokolova

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2015

...embedding Shakespeare in the National Curriculum. By 1964 , 24 of the plays had had 160 editions, including several with multiple variants: Macbeth (18), Hamlet (14), King Lear (9), Romeo and Juliet , The Merchant of Venice , and Othello (8 each). During the 1970s and 1980s the entire canon was translated by Valery Petrov. Translation has blossomed since the 1990s. Alexander Shurbanov’s Hamlet ( 2006 ), Othello , King Lear , and Macbeth ( 2012 ) are the latest academically and theatrically solid translations. The Sonnets were first rendered...

Plutarch

Plutarch   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2015

...Plutarchus ) was born in Chaeronea to the west of Delphi in c. ad 46 , and he died after ad 120 . This makes him a direct contemporary of the great Roman historian Tacitus and, during his younger years, of the Emperors Claudius and Nero. Plutarch wrote in his native Greek and was a prolific essayist, philosopher, biographer, and historian. He was best known in the Renaissance for his Parallel Lives, of which 23 have survived. In nineteen of them the biographies of famous Greeks and Romans such as Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar are compared....

Woffington, Margaret (Peg)

Woffington, Margaret (Peg) (?1717–1760)   Reference library

Catherine Alexander

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2015

...where her successful career began as a child performer with the gymnast Signora Violante. She progressed to a singing and dancing Dorinda in The Tempest ; or , The Enchanted Island and Ophelia, and achieved huge popularity in breeches roles, most famously as Sir Harry Wildair in The Constant Couple . She triumphed as Cordelia at Covent Garden in 1740 and quickly became a fashionable beauty and wit, painted by Hogarth , Hudson , and Zoffany . She was not considered to have a great voice but had a broad Shakespearian repertoire including...

Ninagawa, Yukio

Ninagawa, Yukio (b. 1935)   Reference library

Tetsuo Kishi

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2015

...presented outside Japan and earned the director an international reputation. Ninagawa directed Peer Gynt ( 1994 ) with an English-speaking cast and King Lear ( 1999 ) for the Royal Shakespeare Company . Now based at the Saitama Arts Theatre in Japan, he has again visited Britain with productions of Pericles ( 2003 ), Hamlet ( 2004 ), Titus Andronicus ( 2006 ), Coriolanus ( 2007 ), and Cymbeline ( 2012 ). Tetsuo Kishi Huang, Alexander C. Y. , ‘Yukio Ninagawa’ in Peter Holland (ed.), Great Shakespeareans volume 18 ...

View: