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Two 'transitional' late plays at the Globe : an evaluation of the scholarship of Globe reconstruction and its bearing on the original staging of Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale and Cymbeline

Egan, Gabriel (1997)
Ph.D. thesis, University of Birmingham.

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Abstract

Chapter 1 considers the notion of 'theatre specificity' and the transfer of plays between venues. Recent evidence for the opening dates of the Globe and Blackfriars playhouses is considered, and from these dates and an analysis of textual provenance a list of reliable 'Globe plays' is derived. Chapter 2 considers aspects of staging which are unrelated, or only indirectly related, to playhouse design. Chapters 3 and 4 describe and evaluate the scholarship of Globe reconstruction before and during the Wanamaker project, leading to a theoretical model of the Globe and its practices which is described in chapter 5.

Chapters 6 and 7 provide scene-by-scene reconstructions of the original staging of Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale and Cymbeline. Chapter 8 draws conclusions about the importance of playhouse design in the study of original staging.

The first appendix considers the evidence for the dating and provenance of the 29 plays claimed by Richard Hosley as 'Globe plays'. The second appendix considers Thomas Platter's account of his visit to a London playhouse in 1599. The third appendix considers the location of the 'Lords Room'. The fourth appendix assesses and explains John Orrell's trigonometric analysis of the Hollar sketch of the second Globe and Peter McCurdy's work on the 'jetties' at the Globe.

Type of Work:Ph.D. thesis.
Supervisor(s):Wells, Stanley W. (1930-)
School/Faculty:Faculties (to 1997) > Faculty of Arts
Department:School of English, Shakespeare Institute
Subjects:PN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theater
PR English literature
Institution:University of Birmingham
Library Catalogue:Check for printed version of this thesis
ID Code:2830
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