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The Plays We Overlook: Pericles, Prince of Tyre

Pericles has a claim to be Shakespeare’s most overlooked play. Nonprofessional Shakespeareans are likely never to have seen, read, or even heard of it. It is among the last plays to have entered the canon. The text is notoriously corrupt. And the consensus that it is a collaboration is among the firmest for any of […]

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Year of Shakespeare: Pericles and Open Stages

This post is part of Year of Shakespeare, a project documenting the World Shakespeare Festival, the greatest celebration of Shakespeare the world has ever seen.   Pericles, Directed by James Farrell and Jamie Rocha-Allan for the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 5 October 2012. By José A. Pérez Díez Arguably, the main difference between […]

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Year of Shakespeare: Circles, Centres, and the Globe to Globe Festival

This post is part of Year of Shakespeare, a project documenting the World Shakespeare Festival, the greatest celebration of Shakespeare the world has ever seen.   Circles, Centres, and the Globe to Globe Festival By Stephen Purcell, University of Warwick At a meeting of the Year of Shakespeare contributors last week, I found myself thinking about […]

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Year of Shakespeare: Pericles

This post is part of Year of Shakespeare, a project documenting the World Shakespeare Festival, the greatest celebration of Shakespeare the world has ever seen.   Pericles, National Theatre of Greece, dir. Giannis Houvardas, 27 April 2012 at The Globe, London. By Stephen Purcell, University of Warwick The Globe auditorium erupted with applause as a […]

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Shakespeare’s sources – Pericles

Continuing my series on Shakespeare’s sources I turn my attention to Pericles. This is a late play and almost certainly a collaboration, with either Thomas Heywood, George Wilkins, or John Day, though no one is certain. The main source for the play is John Gower’s, De Confessione Amantis (1554). Book 8 of this work seems […]

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The First Great Shakespearian Actor

So, if Shakespeare himself wasn’t the first great Shakespeare actor (see my earlier blog), who was? The answer must be Richard Burbage. We know all too little about the actors of Shakespeare’s company, but Burbage was among the founder members of the Lord Chamberlain’s Men and stayed with the company through its transition into the […]

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Shakespeare and Resurrection

In my last blog, I considered how Good Friday influenced Shakespeare’s imagination. We are now properly in Eastertide (forty days from Easter Day) and it is not surprising that the Resurrection of Jesus (or ‘uprising’ as William Tyndale referred to it) made such a considerable impact on Shakespeare’s imagination. Shakespeare is not telling the Christian […]

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