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Playing the Murderer - Love's Labour's Lost

Playing the Murderer - Love's Labour's Lost

The hunting scene in Love’s Labour’s Lost makes use of many complex associations, as Farah Karim-Cooper explains.

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Shakespeare's Contemporaries

Shakespeare's Contemporaries

Thomas Middleton's A Chaste Maid in Cheapside and Beaumont and Fletcher's The Maid's Tragedy were performed in 1997, as part of the Festival of Firsts. Middleton's A Mad World, My Masters was performed in 1998, as part of the Season of Justice and Mercy. For each of these productions, this Research Bulletin explores:

• how the play was prepared for the Globe stage;
• the rehearsal process, including moving it onto the stage;
• the play in performance;
• interviews with the company;
• and the discoveries that were made during this production about the play and the playhouse.

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Stage Blood Roundtable

Stage Blood Roundtable

The staging of bloody spectacle still poses many questions for scholars. Was stage blood used on the early modern stage? If so, in what form would it have appeared? Reading stage directions such as those in 1 Henry VI, The Bloody Banquet and Appius and Virginia tells us something about practice, but they tell us nothing about the materials used to construct stage blood. Was it indeed pig’s blood as some have suggested? Could they have used more stylised options, such as red ribbons? Or are plays like Macbeth and Titus Andronicus perhaps laden with blood imagery because it wasn’t practical to use ‘real’ blood on the stage?

The Theatre History Seminar provides a forum for theatre historians, actors, directors and postgraduates to share current research into early modern theatre.

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Strangers in the City - Othello (2007)

Strangers in the City - Othello (2007)

Othello shows us the cosmopolitan nature of renaissance Venice, as Dr. Farah Karim- Cooper reveals.

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Text, Space and Violence in King Lear (2009)

Text, Space and Violence in King Lear (2009)

The extent to which a playtext offers definitive stage directions for the performance of violence is complicated further by the alternative possibilities presented by both the intended theatrical space (or spaces) and by various quarto and folio editions.

Looking at Act 3 Scene 7 in King Lear, this document provides an overview of proceedings and responses from a collaborative workshop between King's College, London and Queen Mary University of London postgraduates on staging violence, which used the stage at Shakespeare's Globe to explore assumptions and possibilities surrounding this topic.

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Text, Space and Violence in King Lear (2010)

Text, Space and Violence in King Lear (2010)

The extent to which a playtext offers definitive stage directions for the performance of violence is complicated further by the alternative possibilities presented by both the intended theatrical space (or spaces) and by various quarto and folio editions.

Looking at Act 5 Scene 3 in King Lear, this document provides an overview of proceedings and responses from a collaborative workshop between King's College, London and Queen Mary University of London postgraduates on staging violence, which used the stage at Shakespeare's Globe to explore assumptions and possibilities surrounding this topic.

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The Antipodes

The Antipodes

The Antipodes by Richard Brome was performed in 2000, as part of the Hercules Season. For this production, the Research Bulletin explores:

• how the play was prepared for the Globe stage;
• the rehearsal process, including moving it onto the stage;
• the play in performance;
• interviews with the company;
• and the discoveries that were made during this production about the play and the playhouse.

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The Golden Ass

The Golden Ass

The Golden Ass by Peter Oswald was performed in 2002, as part of the Season of Cupid and Psyche. For this production, the Research Bulletin explores:

• how the play was prepared for the Globe stage;
• the rehearsal process, including moving it onto the stage;
• the play in performance;
• interviews with the company;
• and the discoveries that were made during this production about the play and the playhouse.

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