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‘Give Me Excess of It’

Bridget Escolme

Bridget Escolme is Senior Lecturer in Drama at Queen Mary College, University of London, and a leading figure in the study of early modern drama in performance. She researches and teaches historical theatre and its contemporary production, particularly early modern drama and the ways in which original and current staging practices produce space and subjectivity. She has published with CUP and Routledge in the past. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Emotional Excess on the Shakespearean Stage: Passion’s Slaves

Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2014

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...When Menas suggests that every man wants his wife holy, cold and still of conversation, Enobarbus demurs, figuring Antony, and by implication Cleopatra, as worldly, hot and shifting in comparison to Caesar’s obedient and self-sacrificing...
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...Year of Release: 2016 A storm at sea brings love into the life of Prince Pericles; another snatches it away. The Stratford Festival’s magical production of Shakespeare’s epic tale follows a fairy-tale hero on a miraculous journey to one...
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...Age recommendation: 8+ A new version for young audiences by Justin Audibert. Originally staged as part of the National Theatre’s Shakespeare for younger audiences programme. This archival recording...

Shakespeare in Love: ‘A female evil’

Graham Holderness

Graham Holderness is Professor of English at the University of Hertfordshire, author or editor of numerous studies in early modern and modern literature and drama, and General Editor of the peer-reviewed journal Critical Survey. He is also a creative writer, novelist and award-winning poet. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Nine Lives of William Shakespeare

Bloomsbury Academic, 2011

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...We now come to an episode in the Shakespeare biography for which there is no historical or documentary evidence whatsoever. This concerns his relationship, if there was any, with the notorious ‘Dark Lady of the Sonnets.’ ‘She’ exists only...

Shakespeare in Love: ‘Fair Friend’

Graham Holderness

Graham Holderness is Professor of English at the University of Hertfordshire, author or editor of numerous studies in early modern and modern literature and drama, and General Editor of the peer-reviewed journal Critical Survey. He is also a creative writer, novelist and award-winning poet. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Nine Lives of William Shakespeare

Bloomsbury Academic, 2011

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...We do not know, therefore, whether or not Shakespeare loved his wife. We do know, on the other hand, that he did make a written declaration of ‘love’ to a beautiful and bisexual male aristocrat, Henry Wriothsley, the Earl of Southampton...

‘No epilogue, I pray you’: Audience reception in Shakespearean theatre

1616: Shakespeare and Tang Xianzu’s China

Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2016

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...In Tanya Pollard’s essay on audience reception in The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare, she argues that records of audience responses in this period come from extreme ends of the spectrum, what she calls ‘anti-theatricalists’ and theatre...

‘Suppose the singing birds musicians’: Birdsong

Christopher R. Wilson

Christopher R.Wilson is Professor in the Department of Music at the University of Hull, UK. He has published on English music/words topics from the late medieval period to the 20th century. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Shakespeare’s Musical Imagery

Bloomsbury Academic, 2011

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...Commentators on music in Shakespeare seem reluctant to discuss birdsong, almost without exception. Peggy M. Simonds , Myth, Emblem, and Music...

Taking cover: 1616 and the move indoors

1616: Shakespeare and Tang Xianzu’s China

Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2016

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...In 1699 a lawyer and antiquary called James Wright set out to prove that the theatre, currently under attack for the allegedly impious farces then in fashion, had a history that was worthy of academic note. Wright’s Historia...

Status anxiety: Arguing about plays and print in early modern London

1616: Shakespeare and Tang Xianzu’s China

Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2016

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...The year 1616 stands for two key events in English theatre history: the death of William Shakespeare and the publication of Ben Jonson’s Workes. The Jonson folio has long been recognized as a landmark publication that proclaimed for drama...

Antony and Cleopatra: Language and Writing

Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2015

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