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Shakespeare Beyond London

Synopsis
Five young scholars re-evaluate the playwrights work. The final programme is delivered by Siobhan Keenan, Reader in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature at De Montfort University. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre on the South Bank gives such emphasis to productions of Shakespeare’s plays in his own day, that it’s easy to forget they were also performed far beyond London. Keenan sets out to explain how Shakespeare and his fellow actors regularly toured the country, performing in spaces ranging from town halls and churches to large country houses. She sheds light on why most of Shakespeare’s plays were designed so that they could be performed anywhere - with call for few props and little scenery - in order to reveal the importance of touring to his career, and the emergence of Shakespeare as a cultural icon in Elizabethan and Jacobean England - and beyond.
Series
Essay: Shakespeare 400, The
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Radio
Transmission details
29 Apr 2016 at 22:45 (Channel: BBC Radio 3)
Duration
15 mins

Credits

Producer
Beaty Rubens
Contributor
Siobhan Keenan

Additional Details

Production type
Documentary/Educational/News
Plays
King Lear
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Elizabethan stage; Touring productions

Notes

General
The series was recorded in front of an audience in Shakespeare’s old classroom at the Guildhall in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Archive

Name

British Library Sound Archive

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