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Sh@kespeare in the Media

From the Globe Theatre to the World Wide Web


Edited By Stefani Brusberg-Kiermeier and Jörg Helbig

This collection of critical essays and interviews gives an overview of the various kinds of medial manifestations which Shakespeare’s work has been transferred into over the centuries: into a theatrical performance, a printed text, a painting, an opera, an audio book, a film, a radio or television drama, a website. On the whole this overview also provides a history of the general development of Shakespearean media. Practitioners as well as scholars focus on the strengths and weaknesses, the possibilities and limitations of each medium with regard to the representation of Shakespeare’s work.


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TABLE OF CONTENTS Introduction 7 Duncan Salkeld (Chichester) Shakespeare staging Shakespeare 11 Stefani Brusberg-Kiermeier (Hildesheim) "'Tis the curse of service": The Royal Shakespeare Company 21 "You can't ignore the fact that you're choosing to speak in a five-beat line": An interview with Samuel West 43 Graham Holderness (Hertfordshire) Textual Shakespeare 55 Carol Banks (Lancashire) Picturing Shakespeare's plays 73 Christoph Clausen (Berlin) Shakespeare in opera 89 Maire Steadman (Stratford-upon-Avon) Audio Shakespeare 103 "I've written the occasional line": An interview with Russell Jackson 115 Sabine Schülting (Berlin) "We can't hear a word!" – Shakespeare in silent film 127 Jörg Helbig (Klagenfurt) Cinematic intertextuality in contemporary Shakespeare films 143 Manfred Pfister (Berlin) "If music be the food of comedy": Screen music in recent film versions of Shakespearean comedy 153 "Hopefully, the films will be seen again and remembered": An interview with Sir Derek Jacobi 163 H. R. Coursen (Southern New Hampshire) Shakespeare on television 169 Hardy M. Cook (Bowie, Maryland) Shakespeare on the internet 179 Notes on contributors 205

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