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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Theatre and Museums

ISBN 9780230580206
Publication Date January 2013
Formats Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Theatre And

Bennett explores the relationship between theatre and museums, looking particularly at the collaborative processes that intertwine these two cultural practices. She argues that discourses of performance studies can open up new avenues of inquiry about the production and reception of the museum experience and its place in contemporary culture.

SUSAN BENNETT is University Professor in the Department of English at the University of Calgary, Canada. She is the editor of Feminist Theatre & Performance and the author of Theatre Audiences: A Theory of Production and Reception (now in its second edition) and Performing Nostalgia: Shifting Shakespeare and the Contemporary Past.

Series Editors' Preface
From Display to Experience
Theatre in the Museum: Collection as Performance
The Experiential Museum
Performance as Collection: Repertoire in the Museum
Conclusion: Re-performance Matters
Further Reading
Works Cited


'Aprovocative and surprising book, which explores what performance can tell us about how a visitor interacts with a museum collection, and how the archive can be embodied and re-enacted through performance. This book develops a range of theories from performance studies, heritage studies and beyond, and applies them to and extends them through a variety of illuminating case studies.' - Paul Johnson, University of Wolverhampton, UK
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