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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Shakespeare and Audience in Practice

ISBN 9780230364035
Publication Date December 2013
Formats Hardcover Ebook Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Shakespeare in Practice

What do audiences do as they watch a Shakespearean play? What makes them respond in the ways that they do? This book examines a wide range of theatrical productions to explore the practice of being a modern Shakespearean audience. It surveys some of the most influential ideas about spectatorship in contemporary performance studies, and analyses the strategies employed both in the texts themselves and by modern theatre practitioners to position audiences in particular ways.

Stephen Purcell is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Warwick, UK. His research focuses on Shakespeare in contemporary performance and popular culture. His publications include Popular Shakespeare (2009) and The White Devil (2012) in The Shakespeare Handbooks series.

PART I: INTRODUCTION 1. I, Malvolio and its Audiences: A Case Study
PART II: IN THEORY 2. Making Sense of the Stage
3. Agency, Community and Modern Theatre Practice
PART III: IN PRACTICE 4. Controlling the Audience?
5. Framing the Stage
6. Playing with the Audience
7. Immersion and Embodiment
8. Constructing the Audience
PART IV: DEBATE AND PROVOCATION 9. Pocket Henry V: A Collaborative Debate
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The first excellent volume in an exciting new series which brings the study of Shakespeare performance into energizing engagement with current explorations of performance as practice.' – Peter Holland, McMeel Family Professor in Shakespeare Studies, University of Notre Dame, USA 'This innovative series will provide information and incentive for students of either Shakespeare or Theatre.' – John Russell Brown, founding series editor of The Shakespeare Handbooks
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