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The Duchess of Malfi at Stratford

Sato, Yumi (1991)
M.Phil. thesis, University of Birmingham.

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This thesis offers a descriptive and analytic study of the productions of John Webster's The Duchess of Malfi created by the Royal Shakespeare Company (formerly named the Stratford-on-Avon Company) in 1960, 1971 and 1989. Each of the three productions is separately considered in terms of its theatrical realization. Discussion derives from the evidence of prompt-books, production records and contemporary reviews. In Introduction I refer to the stage history of The Duchess of Malfi and discuss what aspects in the play has been considered problematic in performance. In Conclusion I summarize how each director of the RSC productions has attempted to solve the problems in his production. Appendices contains accounts of the performed texts; cast lists with details of production personnel; list of the plays produced in each respective season; and my interview with Bill Alexander, director of the 1989 production.

Type of Work:M.Phil. thesis.
School/Faculty:Faculties (to 1997) > Faculty of Arts
Department:Shakespeare Institute
Subjects:PN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theater
PR English literature
Institution:University of Birmingham
ID Code:3142
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