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Shakespeare and the Birmingham Repertory Theatre 1913-1929

Cochrane, Claire (1993) Shakespeare and the Birmingham Repertory Theatre 1913-1929. Society for Theatre Research, London. ISBN Hardcover: 0854300538

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Abstract

It is well known that the Birmingham Repertory Theatre launched the careers of some of the greatest twentieth-century Shakespearian actors including Laurence Olivier and Ralph Richardson. What is not so well known is that the Rep legend was based on a radical commitment to the innovative staging of Shakespeare which dates back to the earliest years of the century. By the 1920s this had initiated a profound shift in Shakespeare performance values which continues to inform modern production. In telling the story of Rep Shakespeare and the directors, designers and actors who contributed to the company's world-wide reputation, this book sets the work of the first purpose-built British repertory theatre in the context of the major aesthetic and organisational changes which were to transform twentieth-century theatre as a whole.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Shakespeare, Birmingham Repertory Theatre
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Humanities and Creative Arts
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Depositing User: Claire Cochrane
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2016 14:07
Last Modified: 16 Aug 2016 14:07
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/4805

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