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The Edinburgh Companion to Shakespeare and the Arts$
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Mark Thornton Burnett and Adrian Streete

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780748635238

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635238.001.0001

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Shakespeare and Drama

Shakespeare and Drama

Chapter:
(p.239) 13 Shakespeare and Drama
Source:
The Edinburgh Companion to Shakespeare and the Arts
Author(s):

Lucy Munro

Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635238.003.0014

This chapter addresses adaptation as product and process, underlining how generic changes and gender switches invariably informed the movement of Shakespeare from his own stage into other stages. Modern dramatic figures such as Mary Lou Rosato and Richard Curtis are illustrative here. The Tamer Tamed is an early example of the very direct influence that Shakespeare's work has exerted on the plays of his contemporaries and successors though the practice of adaptation. The majority of adaptations rework narrative, many condensing the text and most altering at least some key sequences or stress points. The use of design and setting is important to theatrical adaptation. Shakespeare's plays may be celebrated or critiqued, dissected or reassembled, embellished or stripped bare; their use in new works may provoke cosy familiarity or nostalgia, or it may create something closer to a Brechtian alienation effect. However, they have proved difficult to ignore.

Keywords:   Shakespeare, drama, theatrical adaptation, Mary Lou Rosato, Richard Curtis, gender

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