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The Haunted Theatre: Birmingham Rep, Shakespeare and European Exchanges

Cochrane, Claire (2018) The Haunted Theatre: Birmingham Rep, Shakespeare and European Exchanges. Cahiers Elisabethains, 96 (1). pp. 75-88. ISSN 0184-7678 Online: 2054-4715

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Forests, the production by the iconoclastic Spanish-Catalan director Calixto Bieito staged at the 'Old' Birmingham Repertory Theatre in September 2012, functions here as the starting point for an exploration of the way a radical revisioning of Shakespeare in performance stimulated through engagement with European modernism began in this now venerable theatre over 100 years ago. What was dubbed Bieito's 'epic arboreal mash-up' was I suggest haunted by the material traces of groundbreaking past performances mounted by the Rep's founder Barry Jackson, which included the first Shakespeare in modern-dress productions of the 1920s and the highly influential 1951-53 staging of the Henry VI Trilogy

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Shakespeare, Barry Jackson, Calixto Bieito, European modernism
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theater
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Humanities and Creative Arts
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Depositing User: Claire Cochrane
Date Deposited: 22 May 2018 09:19
Last Modified: 07 Sep 2018 08:44

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