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Shakespeare's Women and the Fin de Siècle$
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Sophie Duncan

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198790846

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198790846.001.0001

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(p.222) Epilogue
Shakespeare's Women and the Fin de Siècle

Sophie Duncan

Oxford University Press

The Epilogue examines the afterlives of Victorian Shakespeare and the continuing theatrical interest in the lives of fin-de-siècle actresses, as exemplified by the production and reception of Eileen Atkins’s Ellen Terry with Eileen Atkins (2015) and other biographical dramas. Twenty-first-century modes of memorialization owing much to fin-de-siècle and Edwardian precedent also persisted in the National Theatre Gala (2013). Contrasting the Edwardian and interwar modes of theatrical succession with today’s fragmented generations of actresses, the Epilogue questions whether twenty-first-century performers experience the same mentoring, longevity, and concentration of Shakespeare performances as their Victorian antecedents. Case studies include the actresses of Carol Chillington Rutter’s Clamorous Voices (1988), notably Harriet Walter and Juliet Stevenson, and the later career of Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies (1891–1992).

Keywords:   Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies, succession, reception, Eileen Atkins, memorialization, Harriet Walter, Juliet Stevenson, actresses, afterlife

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