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Solving Mysteries in the SBT Archives: Ethel Webling and Herbert Beerbohm Tree

Solving Mysteries in the SBT Archives: Ethel Webling and Herbert Beerbohm Tree By Ella Hawkins   Tucked away in the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust’s Rare Books strongroom is an item that has until recently been shrouded in mystery: a unique edition of Julius Caesar with an undocumented origin, purpose, and past. The item features printed pages […]

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‘A marvellous box of tricks’: On the shipwreck in Tree’s ‘The Tempest’

The focus on journeys, isolation and wreckage in the current RSC ‘Shipwreck trilogy’ has turned my attention to Victorian productions of these plays, and their use of the shipwreck motif. One such production immediately springs to mind: Tree’s 1904 Tempest at Her Majesty’s Theatre. The play was divided into three acts, and frameworked with two […]

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Royal Shakespeare Company production ofKING JOHNby William Shakespearedirected by Maria Aberg

King John: A play for all time?

Having had a period of reflection after seeing Maria Aberg’s King John at the Swan Theatre, it occurs to me how its forceful message about a-nationalism is not so very distant from the two, arguably, greatest Victorian productions of the play by William Charles Macready (1840s-1850s) and Herbert Beerbohm Tree (1899). Thinking, as I have […]

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Jubilant Julius: Tree’s Spectacular Theatre

Herbert Beerbohm Tree as Mark Antony   I recently had the pleasure of seeing Greg Doran’s Julius Caesar at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, and the striking set made me think about the grand visual feast of Herbert Beerbohm Tree’s production at Her Majesty’s Theatre in 1898. Like Doran’s production, Tree’s was mounted in the wake […]

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