Since its opening in the late 1990s, the reconstructed Shakespeare's Globe Theatre has made an indelible impression on the contemporary British theatre scene. This book explores the theatre's first decade of productions under the pioneering leadership of Mark Rylance. Drawing upon interviews with key practitioners from the Globe and detailed case studies of table productions, this book argues that the Rylance era was a ground-breaking and important period of recent theatre history. The book gives a unique insight into Rylance's practice and impact, and will be of interest to anyone studying Shakespeare in performance.
Stephen Purcell is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Warwick. His research focuses on the performance of the work of Shakespeare and his contemporaries on the modern stage and screen, and his publications include the books Popular Shakespeare and Shakespeare and Audience in Practice. He also directs for the open-air theatre company The Pantaloons.