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Robert Shaughnessy

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780719086939

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719086939.001.0001

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Hunting for Arden in Warwickshire

Hunting for Arden in Warwickshire

(p.36) Chapter II Hunting for Arden in Warwickshire
As You Like It

Robert Shaughnessy

Manchester University Press

This chapter covers the history of the play in performance at Stratford-upon-Avon, first at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, and after 1960 under the auspices of the Royal Shakespeare Company, up until 1961. It focuses first on Nigel Playfair’s notorious decision in 1919 to banish the stuffed stag that had been ceremonially paraded in every production since 1879, as a means of introducing the dynamics of tradition and innovation that have informed the play’s performance history. The second part of the chapter examines Vanessa Redgrave’s legendary 1961 Rosalind, and the 1963 BBC Television film of her performance.

Keywords:   Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, Vanessa Redgrave, Nigel Playfair, Hunting

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