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Peter Holland

Peter Holland holds the McMeel Family Chair in Shakespeare Studies in the Department of Film, Television and Theatre and is Associate Dean for the Arts at the University of Notre Dame. He was formerly Director of the Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon and is editor of Shakespeare Survey and co-general editor of the Oxford Shakespeare Topics series. Peter Holland is McMeel Family Chair in Shakespeare Studies at the University of Notre Dame, US.A Peter Holland is the McMeel Family Chair in Shakespeare Studies and the Associate Dean for the Arts at the University of Notre Dame, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Garrick, Kemble, Siddons, Kean Volume II : Great Shakespeareans

Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2010

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... But Garrick originates something beyond a moment of acting. At one moment in Peter Barnes’s play Jubilee about Garrick’s celebration of Shakespeare in his birthplace, See pp. 49–54. three figures from...

Introduction

Peter Holbrook

Peter Holbrook is Professor of Shakespeare and English Renaissance Literature at the University of Queensland, Australia, and Director of the UQ Node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (Europe 1100-1800). He is the author of Shakespeare’s Individualism (2010) and Literature and Degree in Renaissance England: Nashe, Bourgeois Tragedy Shakespeare (1994), and co-editor, with David Bevington, of The Politics of the Stuart Court Masque (1998). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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English Renaissance Tragedy : Ideas of Freedom

Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2015

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... Nicomachean Ethics, Book One (1099a32–3), vol. 2 of the Complete Works of Aristotle , ed. Jonathan Barnes ( Princeton , 1984) . Absent...

The Ruling Class

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Peter Barnes

~playauthor~Written by~ Peter Barnes

Methuen Drama, 1989

Contemporary Dramatists

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Acts: 2, Scenes: 29, Roles: Total (23), Female (5), Male (18), Unassigned (0)

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...The Ruling Class is a witty, double-edged and idiosyncratic satire in which a man diagnosed with paranoid-schizophrenia inherits a peerage. After the 13th Earl of Gurney’s morbid nightly indulgence turns into an accidental...

The Spirit of Man

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Peter Barnes

~playauthor~Written by~ Peter Barnes

Methuen Drama, 1993

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... and nineteenth century Poland, Barnes examines the desire to believe and the terror of believing. In A Hand Witch of the Second Stage Marie Blin is accused of being a witch, and is about to be tortured – when she confesses,...

Dreaming

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Peter Barnes

~playauthor~Written by~ Peter Barnes

Methuen Drama, 1999

Modern Plays

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Acts: 3, Scenes: 29, Roles: Total (34), Female (6), Male (28), Unassigned (0)

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...Dreaming is an unhinged and fervid play, a comic-historical epic set in the bloody aftermath of the Wars of the Roses. Captain John Mallory leads a band of renegades across the field of the Battle of Tewkesbury, where...

Leonardo's Last Supper

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Peter Barnes

~playauthor~Written by~ Peter Barnes

Methuen Drama, 1989

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Roles: Total (7), Female (1), Male (6), Unassigned (0)

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...In Leonardo’s Last Supper, Peter Barnes explores a theatrical mode in which everything is simultaneously tragic and ridiculous. A family of undertakers in a medieval charnel house prepare to bury Leonardo da Vinci; disposing...

Jubilee

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Peter Barnes

~playauthor~Written by~ Peter Barnes

Methuen Drama, 2001

Modern Plays

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Acts: 2, Scenes: 27, Roles: Total (17), Female (4), Male (13), Unassigned (0)

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... that deserves some light-hearted ridicule. Barnes' ironic and irreverent comedy dissects the cult of the theatrical personality, with guest appearances from the Bard himself, Ben Jonson, David Garrick, Samuel Johnson, Trevor Nunn, Sir Peter Hall and Peter Barnes. Jubilee premiered in 2001 at the Swan Theatre, Stratford....

Heaven's Blessings

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Peter Barnes

~playauthor~Written by~ Peter Barnes

Methuen Drama, 1996

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Scenes: 7, Roles: Total (14), Female (2), Male (12), Unassigned (0)

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... an apocryphal book of the Bible, Peter Barnes extracts a charming epic comedy of Tobit, his wife, their schlemiel of a son and a cantankerous guardian angel, who together set out to reclaim an outstanding IOU, overcoming many dangers which test their faith to breaking point....

Red Noses

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Peter Barnes

~playauthor~Written by~ Peter Barnes

Methuen Drama, 1993

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Acts: 2, Scenes: 12, Roles: Total (41), Female (7), Male (30), Unassigned (4)

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...Red Noses is a black comedy about the black death, a vibrant and slapstick hymn to the power of laughter and the human spirit. There’s no cure for the plague, and Auxerre in France, 1348, is populated by the dying. Marcel...

Bye Bye Columbus

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Peter Barnes

~playauthor~Written by~ Peter Barnes

Methuen Drama, 1993

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Roles: Total (15), Female (3), Male (12), Unassigned (0)

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...Peter Barnes mockingly dramatises the distinctly unheroic expedition of Christopher Columbus, which changed the face of the globe, though not entirely in the way he was expecting. Columbus’s famous venture begins...