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- DescriptionThis is the first stage history of Shakespeare's King Henry V to cover the play's theatrical life since its first performance in 1599. Staging this play has always been a political act, and the substantial introduction traces its theatrical interventions into conflicts from the Napoleonic Wars to Vietnam and the Falklands crisis, offering a complete account of the play's fortunes: from its absence in the seventeenth century to its dominant position as historical spectacle in the Victorian period, through twentieth-century productions, which include the popular films by Olivier and Branagh. Together they raise vital interpretative questions: is Henry V an epic of English nationalism, a kwing and cynical piece of power politics, or an anti-war manifesto? The volume also includes the play text, illustrations and detailed foottes about major performances.
- Author BiographyEmma Smith is Fellow and Tutor in English at Hertford College, Oxford. From 1991-97 she was a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. She has lectured and published widely on Shakespeare and early modern drama, including an edition of Thomas Kyd's The Spanish Tragedy (1999).
- Author(s)William Shakespeare
- PublisherCambridge University Press
- Date of Publication27/06/2002
- SubjectOther Performing Arts
- Series TitleShakespeare in Production
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Note12 b/w illus. 1 table
- Weight420 g
- Width152 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine19 mm
- Edited byEmma Smith
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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