Shakespeare's Staging
Contemporary Productions 1945-1998 (Modern Performances: 1837-1998)
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Othello: Royal Shakespeare Company, 2000. Othello: Ray Fearson; Desdemona: Zoe Waites. Photographer: Donald Cooper. (See Gallery 6 for more images of British Shakespeare after WWII.) Courtesy of Designing Shakespeare Collection of AHDS Performing Arts.




Addenbrooke, David. The Royal Shakespeare Company: The Peter Hall Years. London: William Kimber, 1974.



Babula, William. Shakespeare in Production, 1935-1978: A Selective Catalogue. New York: Garland,1981.

Bate, Jonathan, and Russell Jackson, eds. Shakespeare: An Illustrated Stage History. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 1996.

Berry, Ralph. Changing Styles in Shakespeare. London: Allen and Unwin, 1981.

Berry, Ralph, ed. On Directing Shakespeare: Interviews with Contemporary Directors. London: Hamish Hamilton, 1989.

Berry, Ralph. Shakespeare in Performance: Castings and Metamorphoses. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1993.

Bogdanov, Michael, and Michael Pennington. The English Shakespeare Company: The Story of "The Wars of the Roses" 1986-1989. London: Nick Hern, 1990.

Bowmer, Angus L. As I remember, Adam: An Autobiography of a Festival. Ashland: Oregon Shakespeare Festival Association, 1975.

Brockbank, Philip, ed. Players of Shakespeare: Essays in Shakespeare Performance by Twelve Players with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985. Reprinted in 1988 as the first of a series, Players of Shakespeare II and III, both subtitled: Further Essays in Shakespeare Performance by Players with the Royal Shakespeare Company, ed. R. Jackson and R. Smallwood, 1988;1993.

Brockbank, Philip. "Shakespeare Renaissance in China." Shakespeare Quarterly 39 (1988): 195-203.

Brook, Peter. The Empty Space. London: McGibbon and Kee, 1968; Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1972.

Brook, Peter. The Shifting Point: Theatre, Film, Opera, 1946-1987. New York: Theatre Communications, 1994.

Brook, Peter. A Theatrical Casebook, edited by David Williams. London: Methuen, 1987.

Brown, Ivor. Shakespeare Memorial Theatre 1948-1950, London: Coward-MacGann, 1950.

Brown, Ivor. Shakespeare Memorial Theatre 1951-1953, London: Coward-MacGann, 1953

Brown, Ivor. Shakespeare Memorial Theatre 1954-1956, London;Coward-MacGann, 1956.

Brown, Ivor. Shakespeare Memorial Theatre 1957-1959, London:Coward-MacGann, 1959.

Brown, Ivor. Shakespeare and the Actors, London: Bodley Head, 1971.

Brown, Ivor and Anthony Quayle. Shakespeare Memorial Theatre 1948- 1950: A Photographic Record. London: Reinhardt and Evans, 1951.

Brown, John Russell. Free Shakespeare. London: Heinemann, 1974.

Brown, John Russell. Shakespeare's Plays in Performance. London: Edward Arnold, 1966. Revised, New York: Applause Books, 1993.

Bulman, James C., ed. Shakespeare, Theory, and Performance. London: Routledge, 1996.



Chambers, Colin. Inside the Royal Shakespeare Company: Creativity and the Institution. London: Routledge, 2004.

Conkie, Rob. The Globe Theatre Project: Shakespeare and Authenticity. Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen, 2006.

Cooper, Roberta Krensky. The American Shakespeare Theatre: Stratford, 1955-1985. Washington, DC: Folger Shakespeare Library/Associated University Presses, 1986.

Coursen, Herbert. Reading Shakespeare on Stage. Newark: University of Delaware Press, 1995.

Coursen, Herbert. Shakespearean Performance as Interpretation. Newark: University of Delaware Press, 1992.

Croall, Jonathan. Gielgud: A Theatrical Life 1904-2000. London: Methuen, 2000; New York: Continuum, 2001.

Crowl, Samuel. Shakespeare Observed: Studies in Performance on Stage and Screen. Athens: Ohio University Press, 1992.



David, Richard. Shakespeare in the Theatre. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1978.

Davies, Robertson. Thrice the brinded cat hath mew'd; a record of the Stratford Shakespearean Festival in Canada. Toronto: Clarke, Irwin, 1955.

Day, Barry. This Wooden 'O': Shakespeare's Globe Reborn, the Official Story, foreword by Sir John Gielgud. London: Oberon Books, 1996.

Dobson, Michael. Performing Shakespeare's Tragedies Today. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007.

Dollimore, Jonathan, and Alan Sinfield, eds. Political Shakespeare: New Essays in Cultural Materialism. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1985. Revised, 1994.



Engle, Ron, Felicia Hardison Londre, and Daniel J. Watermeier, eds. Shakespeare Companies and Festivals: An International Guide. Westport, CN: Greenwood Press, 1995.

Evans, Gareth Lloyd. "Shakespeare and the Actors: Notes Towards Interpretations [Olivier, Gielgud, Scofield, Richardson]." Shakespeare Survey 21 (1968): 115-25.



Fantasia, Louis. Instant Shakespeare: A Proven Technique for Actors, Directors and Teachers. Chicago: Ivan R. Dee, 2002.

Fayard, Nicole. The Performance of Shakespeare in France Since the Second World War. Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen, 2006.



Gay, Penny. As She likes It: Shakespeare's Unruly Women. London: Routledge, 1994.

Gielgud, John, with John Miller. Acting Shakespeare. London: Sidgwick and Jackson, 1991; New York: Scribner's, 1992.

Gielgud, John, with John Miller and John Powell. An Actor and His Time: A Memoir. Clarkson N. Potter, 1980.

Gielgud, John. The Ages of Geilgud: An Actor at Eighty, edited by Harwood Ronald. New York: Limelight, 1984.

Gielgud, John, with John Miller. Shakespeare: Hit or Miss? London: Sidgwick and Jackson, 1991.

Gielgud, John. Stage Directions. London: Heinemann Educational Books, 1979.

Goodland, Katharine, and O'Connor, John. A Directory of Shakespeare in Performance 1970-1990: Volume 2, USA and Canada. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.

Greenwald, Michael L. Directions by Indirections: John Barton of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Newark: University of Delaware Press, 1985.

Gurr, Andrew, and John Orrelll. Rebuilding Shakespeare's Globe. New York: Routledge, 1989.

Griffin, Alice. : A Magazine of the Theater Arts.See review section entitled Bard on the Boards : Shakespeare Currently in London, New York and Film. See also its Archive of Reviewed Plays for earlier reviews.

Guthrie, Tyrone, Robertson Davies, and Grant Macdonald. Renown at Stratford; a record of the Stratford Shakespearean Festival in Canada. Toronto: Clarke, Irwin, 1953.

Guthrie, Tyrone, Robertson Davies, and Grant Macdonald. Twice have the trumpets sounded; a record of the Stratford Shakespearean Festival in Canada. Toronto: Clarke, Irwin, 1954.



Halio, Jay. Understanding Shakespeare's Plays in Performance. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1988.

Hall, Peter. Diaries: the Story of a Dramatic Battle. New York: Harper and Rowe, 1984.

Harwood, Ronald, ed. The Ages of Gielgud: An Actor at Eighty. New York: Limelight Editions, 1984.

Hayman, Ronald. John Gielgud. New York: Random House, 1981.

He, Qi-xin. "China's Shakespeare." Shakespeare Quarterly 37 (1986): 149-59.

Heijes, Coen. "'Strike up the Drum,' the Use of Music in the Boyd History Cycle." Shakespeare Bulletin 27, no. 2 (Summer 2009): 223-48.

Hildy, Franklin J., ed. New Issues in the reconstruction of Shakespeare's Theatre. New York: Peter Lang, 1990.

Hildy, Franklin J. Shakespeare at the Maddermarket: Nugent Monk and the Norwich Players. Ann Arbor, MI: UMI Research Press, 1986.

Holdemess, Graham, ed. The Shakespeare Myth. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1988.

Holland, Peter. English Shakespeares. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997.

Hunt, Albert, and Geoffrey Reeves. Peter Brook. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 1995.


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Kennedy, Dennis. Looking at Shakespeare: A Visual History of Twentieth-century Performance. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1993.

Kennedy, Dennis, and Yong Li Lan. Shakespeare in Asia: Contemporary Performance. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.

Kidnie, M. J. Shakespeare and the Problem of Adaptation. New York; Milton Park, UK: Routledge, 2008.

Kiernan, Pauline. Staging Shakespeare at the New Globe. London: Macmillan, 1999.

Kiernander, Adrian. Ariane Mnouchkine and the Theatre du Soleil. [See Chapter 8, "The School of Shakespeare"]. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1993.

King, Christine, and Brenda Coven. Joseph Papp and the New York Shakespeare Festival: an Annotated Bibliography. New York: Garland, 1988.

Kott, Jan. Shakespeare, Our Contemporary, translated by Boleslaw Taborski. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1964.



Learning, Barbara. Orson Welles. New York: Viking, 1985.

Leiter, Samuel L., ed. Shakespeare Around the Globe: A Guide to Notable Postwar Revivals. New York: Greenwood, 1986.

Li Ruru, Shashibiya. Staging Shakespeare in China. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2003.

Londré, Felicia H. "Confronting Shakespeare's 'Political Incorrectness' in Production: Contemporary American Audiences and the New 'Problem Plays.'" In Staging Difference: Cultural Pluralism in American Theatre and Drama, edited by Marc Maufort, 85-95. New York: Peter Lang, 1995.



Maher, Mary Z. Modern Hamlets. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 1992.

Marowitz, Charles. Recycling Shakespeare. New York: Applause, 1991.

Marowitz , Charles. The Marowitz Shakespeare: Adaptions and Collages of "Hamlet," "Macbeth," "The Taming of the Shrew," "Measure for Measure," and "The Merchant of Venice." New York: Drama Book Specialists, 1978.

McKellan, Sir Ian, [Biography]

Miller, Jonathan. Subsequent Performances. London: Faber and Faber, 1986.

Price, Joseph G., ed. The Triple Bond: Plays, Mainly Sbakespearean, in Performance. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1975.



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O'Connor, Garry. Ralph Richardson: An Actor's Life. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1982.

O'Connor, John, and Katharine Goodland. A Directory of Shakespeare in Performance, Volume 1, 1970-2005: Great Britain. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.

O'Connor, John. Shakespeare on Stage and Screen, 1970 to the 21st Century. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.



Pearson, Richard. "A band of arrogant and united heroes": The Story of the Royal Shakespeare Company Production of "The Wars of the Roses." London: Adelphi Press, 1990.

Phillips, Stephen J. "Telling the Story: Shakespeare's Histories in Performance: [An Interview with] Andrew Jarvis." New Theatre Quarterly 6 (1990): 207-14.

Players of Shakespeare: Essays in Shakespearean Performance. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1985.

Players of Shakespeare 2: Further Essays in Shakespearean Performance. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1988.

Players of Shakespeare 3: Further Essays in Shakespearian Performance. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1993.

Potter, Lois. "A Stage Where Every Man Must Play a Part?"(Review of the 1998 Globe season in London. Shakespeare Quarterly 50 (Spring 1999): 74-81.

Potter, Lois. "Roman Actors and Egyptian Transvestites." Review of the 1999 Globe season. Shakespeare Quarterly 50 (2000): 508-17.

Potter, Lois. "The 2001 Globe Season: Celts and Greenery." Shakespeare Quarterly 53 (Spring 2002): 95-105.

Prosser, William Llewellyn. American Directorial Approaches to Shakespeare, 1960-1976. Ann Arbor: Xerox University Microfilms, 1977.



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Raby, Peter. The Stratford Scene, 1958-1968. [The Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Canada.] Toronto, Vancouver: Clarke, Irwin, 1968.

Redgrave, Michael. In My Mind's Eye: An Actor's Autobiography. New York: Viking Press, 1983.

Richman, David. Laughter, Pain, and Wonder: Shakespeare's Comedies and the Audience in the Theatre. Newark: University of Delaware, 1990.

Richmond, Hugh M., producer. Shakespeare's Globe Theatre Restored. Video Documentary. Venice, CA: TMW Media, 1997.

The Royal Shakespeare Theatre Company 1960-1963. London: Max Reinhardt, 1964.

Rutter, Carol, et al. Clamorous Voices: Shakespeare's Women Today. London: Women's Press, 1988. Repr. New York: Routledge, 1989.

Rylance, Mark. Play: A Recollection in Pictures and Words of the First Five Years of Play at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. [Photographers: Sheila Burnett, Donald Cooper, Richard Kolina, John Tramper.] London: Shakespeare's Globe Publications, 2003.



Schafer, Elizabeth. Directing Shakespeare: Women Directing Shakespeare. New York: St. Martin's Press, 2000.

Shakespeare Around the Globe: A Guide to Notable Postwar Revivals. New York: Greenwood Press, 1986.

Speaight, Robert. Shakespeare on the Stage: An Illustrated History of Shakespearian Performance. Boston: Little, Brown, 1973.

Stanley, Audrey. "The 1994 Shanghai Internatonal Shakespeare Festival." Shakespeare Quarterly 47 (1996): 72-80.

The Stratford Festival, 1953-1957: A Record in Pictures and Text of the Shakespearean Festival in Canada. Toronto: Clarke, Irwin, 1958.



Talkin' Broadway, 1997 - 2010.

Tanitch, Robert. Gielgud. London: Harrap, 1988.

Taylor, Nancy. Women Direct Shakespeare in America: Productions from the 1990s. Madison Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2005.

Thompson, Ayanna. Colorblind Shakespeare. New York; Milton Park, UK: Routledge, 2006.

Trewin, J. C. Peter Brook: A Biography. London: Macdonald, 1965.

Trivedi, Poonam, and Ryuta Minami, eds. Re-playing Shakespeare in Asia. New York: Routledge, 2009.


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Warren, Roger. Staging Shakespeare's Late Plays. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1990.

Webster, Margaret. Shakespeare Today. London: Dent, 1957.

Wells, Stanley. Royal Shakespeare: Four Major Productions at Stratford- upon-Avon. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1976.



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Yachin, Paul, and Patricia Badir, eds. Shakespeare and the Cultures of Performance. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2008.

Yutkevitch, Sergei, Othello, (with Sergei Bondarchuk as Othello; 1955/108m) distributed by The Picture Palace, PO Box 281, Caldwell, NJ 07006.



Zhang, Xiao Yang. Shakespeare in China: A Comparative Study of Two Traditions and Cultures. Newark: University of Delaware Press, 1996.

Zeffirelli, Franco. The Autobiography of Franco Zeffirelli. New York: Weidefeld and Nicholson, 1986.

Zesmer, David M. Guide to Shakespeare. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1976.


Much Ado About Nothing: California Shakespeare Theater, 2003. Beatrice (Julie Eccles) mocks Benedick (Charles Shaw Robinson). Most Shakespearean comedies were performed in contemporary Elizabethan costume, so our modern dress has an equivalent effect. Courtesy Jay Yamada.

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