The Tempest

This edition of The Tempest is the first dedicated to its stage history. Drawing on a wide variety of sources, it examines four centuries of mainstream, regional, and fringe productions in Britain (including Dryden and Davenant’s Restoration adaptation), nineteenth- and twentieth-century American stagings, and recent Australian, Canadian, French, Italian, and Japanese productions. In a substantial, illustrated Introduction Dymkowski analyses the cultural significance of changes in the play’s theatrical representation, for example, when and why Caliban began to be represented by a black actor, and Ariel became a man\'s role rather than a woman’s. The commentary annotates each line of the play with details about acting, setting, textual alteration and cuts, and contemporary reception. With extensive quotation from contemporary commentators and detail from unpublished promptbooks, the edition offers both an accessible account of the play’s changing meanings and a valuable resource for further research.

• There is no other theatre history edition of the play • Substantial appendices with reference material, e.g. lists of major productions • Could be used as textbook for Shakespeare courses on performance


List of productions; Introduction; List of characters; The Tempest: text and commentary; Appendix 1: textual variations; Appendix 2: list of principal players; Bibliography.


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