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Shakespeare in Parts

Simon Palfrey and Tiffany Stern


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


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