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Shakespeare in Parts
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Shakespeare in Parts

Simon Palfrey and Tiffany Stern

Abstract

A combination of original theatre history and literary criticism, this book explores the original form in which Shakespeare's drama circulated. This was not the full play-text; it was not the public performance. It was the actor's part, consisting of the bare cues and speeches of each individual role. With group rehearsals rare or non-existent, the cued part alone had to furnish the actor with his character. But each such part-text was riddled with gaps and uncertainties. The actor knew what he was going to say, but not necessarily when, or why, or to whom; he may have known next to nothing of ... More

Keywords: Shakespeare, theatre history, literary criticism, early modern theatre, actor's part

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199272051
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199272051.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Simon Palfrey, author
Fellow and Tutor in English, Brasenose College, Oxford

Tiffany Stern, author
Fellow and Tutor in English, University College, Oxford

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