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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...

‘Look on This Spectacle’: The Spanish Tragedy in Performance

The Spanish Tragedy : A Critical Reader

Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2016

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...On Friday 9 November 1921 at Birkbeck College, the first known performance of The Spanish Tragedy since the seventeenth century began with a rhyming prologue written for the occasion by the poet Alfred Noyes. F. S. Boas thought...

Character, Story and Plot

Shakespeare and the Victorians

Bloomsbury Academic, 2004

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...Escaping the Plot: the Case of Falstaff It is no wonder that Shakespeare has been called ‘novelistic’ when his characters have such complex being-in-time. In their own minds they live in imagined pasts and futures as well as here...

The White Devil in Performance

The White Devil : A Critical Reader

Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2016

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...This chapter aims to demonstrate to what extent The White Devil has developed in the hands of actors and their companies. From the beginning, John Webster, like a modern-day critic, was able to acknowledge that The White Devil’s original...

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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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Adam Hansen

Adam Hansen is Lecturer in English at Northumbria University, 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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...The making of art is never itself in the past tense. It is always a formative process, within a specific present. Raymond Williams ,...

The Welkin  

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Lucy Kirkwood

~playauthor~Written by~ Lucy Kirkwood

Nick Hern Books, 2020

NHB Modern Plays

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Acts: 2, Scenes: 7, Roles: Total (19), Female (16), Male (3), Unassigned (0)

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...Rural Suffolk, 1759. As the country waits for Halley's Comet, Sally Poppy is sentenced to hang for a heinous murder. When she claims to be pregnant, a jury of twelve matrons are taken from their housework to decide whether she's telling...

Agamemnon’s Return (Part One of This Restless House)  

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Zinnie Harris

~playauthor~Written by~ Zinnie Harris

Faber and Faber, 2016

Faber Drama

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Acts: 3, Scenes: 5, Roles: Total (10), Female (5), Male (4), Unassigned (1)

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...Aeschylus' Oresteia opens with Agamemnon sacrificing his daughter to the gods; an act which sets in motion a bloody cycle of revenge and counter-revenge. When he in turn is killed at the hands of his wife Clytemnestra, their son Orestes...

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...