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Sara Hudston

Sara Hudston is a writer and freelance journalist. She was born in 1968 and educated at St John’s College, Oxford, where she gained a first in English. She has also published Islomania, a book about the fascination of islands. She lives in Dorset. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Victorian Theatricals : From menageries to melodrama

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2000

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...Sensational scenes on stage were always a popular draw. When Planché looked back in old age on his long career he was anxious to dissociate himself from what he regarded as a degraded trend. In his 1872 Recollections, Planché condemnedwhat...
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...Caius Martius Coriolanus is a fearless soldier but a reluctant leader. His ambitious mother attempts to carve him a path to political power, but he struggles to change his nature and do what is required to achieve greatness. In this new...

New Directions: Seneca and The Spanish Tragedy

The Spanish Tragedy : A Critical Reader

Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2016

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...A line in the first chorus of Seneca’s Agamemnon foresees the killing of the king of Argos: ‘placet in uulnus maxima ceruix’ (line 100; the greatest neck invites wounding). In the original this is one item in a brisk catalogue illustrating...

Richard III, an Arab Tragedy  

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Graham Holderness

~playauthor~Written by~ Sulayman Al Bassam , Graham Holderness ~playauthor~Edited by~ Graham Holderness

Methuen Drama, 2014

Bloomsbury Publishing

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Acts: 5, Scenes: 30, Roles: Total (20), Female (5), Male (15), Unassigned (0)

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...A contemporary adaptation of Shakespeare's classic revenge tragedy, reworked and transplanted into the scorching oil-rich Islamic world of the Gulf...

Pedagogy and Resources: The Devil is in the Details

The White Devil : A Critical Reader

Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2016

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...Provoking thought: Complexity, curiosity, selectivity Why bother to teach The White Devil? In my own case the main reason is that the play illuminates some fascinating complexities of human experience: the sometimes intricate...

New Directions: Ritual Dissonance in The White Devil

The White Devil : A Critical Reader

Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2016

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...Discord, dissonance and the uncanny How might we understand the religious, legal and cultural ceremonies and rituals in The White Devil? Do they bring or represent order or disorder? Although undoubtedly...

New Directions: Female Mourning, Revenge and Hieronimo’s Doomsday Play

The Spanish Tragedy : A Critical Reader

Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2016

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...Missing from studies of The Spanish Tragedy is a consideration of perhaps the most evocative influence upon a drama in which a bloodied corpse becomes the focus of incessant, agonized lamentation, cries for vengeance and concludes...

Dramaturgies of Horror: Staging Nightmares

Trish Reid

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Dr Trish Reid is Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Kingston University, London, UK. She is the author of Theatre & Scotland, editor of Contemporary Scottish Plays (Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015) and has contributed to Decades of Modern British Playwriting the 1990s, edited by Aleks Sierz (Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2012). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Patrick Lonergan

Patrick Lonergan is a lecturer in English at National University of Ireland, Galway. He writes about theatre for The Irish Times and Irish Theatre Magazine. His first book, Theatre and Globalization, was awarded the 2008 Theatre Book Prize. He has authored two Student Editions of plays by Martin McDonagh for Methuen Drama. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Kevin J. Wetmore

Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr. is professor of theatre arts at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, USA, the author and editor of ten books including The Empire Triumphant: Race, Religion and Rebellion in the Star Wars Films, and a contributor to numerous volumes on sci-fi, pop culture and religion, including essays on Godzilla, Star Wars, and Battlestar Galactica. His areas of expertise include Japanese theatre, African theatre, Shakespeare, Greek tragedy, stage combat and comedy. He is co-editor with Patrick Lonergan of Bloomsbury Methuen Drama’s Critical Companions series. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Theatre of Anthony Neilson

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2017

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...As we have seen, for better or worse, Neilson’s early work quickly became synonymous with in-yer-face theatre and thus for some with a particular kind of gratuitous violence: with what Dan Rebellato terms ‘the extraordinary series of staged...

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Thomas Rist

Thomas Rist is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Aberdeen. His publications include Shakespeare's Romances and the Politics of Counter-Reformation, Revenge Tragedy and the Drama of Commemoration in Reforming England and, co-edited with Andrew Gordon, The Arts of Remembrance in Early Modern England: Memorial Cultures of the Post-Reformation. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Spanish Tragedy : A Critical Reader

Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2016

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...No sooner had we spoke but we were here I wot not how, in twinkling of an eye. When we come to The Spanish Tragedy, we bring an idea of its genre and content from our knowledge of Hamlet. Yet...

New Directions: Unbridled Selfhood in The White Devil – Webster’s use of Calvin and Montaigne

Paul Frazer

Paul Frazer is Lecturer in Early Modern Literature at the University of Northumbria, UK. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The White Devil : A Critical Reader

Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2016

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...Without knowledge of self there is no knowledge of God. Jean Calvin , Institutes of the Christian Religion , ed...