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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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At all points like a man

At all points like a man

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(p.129) Chapter V At all points like a man
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As You Like It
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Robert Shaughnessy

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719086939.003.0006

This chapter discusses two landmark all-male productions: the National Theatre’s in 1967, and Cheek by Jowl’s in 1991 (revived in 1995). The discussion takes account of how the casting of men in the female roles radically energized the gender dynamics of the productions, implicating them directly in the sexual politics of their own times, in the first instance in the context of the UK’s recent decriminalisation of homosexuality, and in the second in the wake of resurgent homophobia. The chapter also emphasises the significance of self-conscious performativity in these productions.

Keywords:   Drag, Homosexuality, Masculinity, National Theatre, Cheek by Jowl, Clifford Williams, Declan Donnellan, Ronald Pickup, Adrian Lester

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