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Shakespeare and the ‘Live’ Theatre Broadcast Experience

ISBN 13: 9781350125810


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This ground breaking collection of essays is the first to examine the phenomenon of how, in the twenty-first century, Shakespeare has been experienced as a ‘live’ or ‘as-live’ theatre broadcast by audiences around the world. Shakespeare and the ‘Live’ Theatre Broadcast Experience explores the precursors of this phenomenon and its role in Shakespeare’s continuing globalization. It considers some of the most important companies that have produced such broadcasts since 2009, including NT Live, Globe on Screen, RSC Live from Stratford-upon-Avon, Stratford Festival HD, Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company Live, and Cheek by Jowl, and examines the impact these broadcasts have had on branding, ideology, style and access to Shakespeare for international audiences. Contributors from around the world reflect on how broadcasts impact on actors’ performances, changing viewing practices, local and international Shakespearean fan cultures and the use of social media by audience members for whom “liveness” is increasingly tied up in the experience economy.

The book tackles vexing questions regarding the ‘presentness’ and ‘liveness’ of performance in the 21st century, the reception of Shakespeare in a globally-connected environment, the challenges of sustaining an audience for stage Shakespeare, and the ideological implications of consuming theatre on screen. It will be crucial reading for scholars of the ‘live’ theatre broadcast, and enormously helpful for scholars of Shakespeare on screen and in performance more broadly.

ISBN 13: 9781350125810

Author: Pascale Aebischer (University of Exeter, UK)

Author(s) Pascale Aebischer (University of Exeter, UK)
Format Paperback
ISBN 13 9781350125810
Pages 264
ISBN 10 1350125814
Publisher Arden Shakespeare
Weight 420 g
Publication Date 22-08-2019
Dimensions 234 × 156 mm
Dewey 822.33
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