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Excerpt - "A Short History of Shakespeare in Performance" by Richard Schoch


coverHow have directors sought to make Shakespeare productions relevant to contemporary political issues? What is it about these plays that makes them so politically resonant?

Richard Schoch (Queen’s University Belfast) explores these questions in the excerpt below, taken from A Short History of Shakespeare in Performance, which was recently published as part of Cambridge University Press’s “Elements in Shakespeare Performance” series.


“Kate is not as obedient as her public words suggest and that she and her husband have come to regard each other as equals, not as ruler and ruled.” Why, yes! Precisely, our drama department’s interpretation at DJ O’Connell High School (Arlington, VA) in … 1972!

Deborah Doyle — June 23, 2021