Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

British and American approaches to Shakespeare: A selective study
by Jeffrey, Bobbie Ann, M.A., University of Missouri - Kansas City, 2009, 130; 1478719
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis examines the directorial philosophies of representative directors of the two leading Shakespeare companies in the UK and the United States, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. All directors have been studied through onsite archival research, websites, newspaper reviews and interviews, and respected books on directing careers. Four directors gave personal interviews. Research focused on biographical information, collaborative, conceptual, and interpretive approaches, and individual philosophies on ensemble work, handling the Shakespearean text, and fundamental directing philosophy. The research was conducted to compare American and British direction of Shakespeare and determine whether there is a definitive and noticeable difference in process and production. Does American production of Shakespeare reach the level of British production? The findings concluded there is only a slight difference in the approach to Shakespearean production between the two companies. A national cultural identity has nurtured a rich collective aesthetic at the older RSC.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Londre, Felicia Hardison
School: University of Missouri - Kansas City
School Location: United States -- Missouri
Source: MAI 48/04M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Theater
Keywords: Shakespeare, William
Publication Number: 1478719
ISBN: 978-1-109-61976-8
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