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Staging Shakespeare's Late Plays$
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Roger Warren

Print publication date: 1990

Print ISBN-13: 9780198128779

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198128779.001.0001

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Textual and Theatrical Issues: Pericles

Textual and Theatrical Issues: Pericles

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(p.208) 5 Textual and Theatrical Issues: Pericles
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Staging Shakespeare's Late Plays
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Roger Warren

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198128779.003.0006

The text of Pericles presents a fundamental dilemma to aspiring directors because there are several versions of it. The Quatro of 1609, one of the original copies, is not without a great deal of corruption as it is extremely distorted, nonsensical, and some significant passages are missing. While George Wilkin's prose entitled The Painful Adventures of Pericles may aid in interpreting the texts, no one is able to portray the Quatro in exactly the way it was written. In practice, though, the separation of theatrical issues from textual issues is a difficulty recognized by directors and actors alike. Because making use of Peter Hall's approach is unlikely to present relevant results, this chapter attempts to investigate the particular scenes which cause such textual and theatrical conflicts.

Keywords:   Pericles, text, textual issues, theatrical issues, Quatro, George Wilkin, Painful Adventures

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