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Sh@kespeare in the Media

From the Globe Theatre to the World Wide Web

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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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Maire Steadman (Stratford-upon-Avon): Audio Shakespeare -103

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MAIRE J. STEADMAN AUDIO SHAKESPEARE Only recently have radio or cassette productions of Shakespeare's plays and poems been considered valid for critical examination as dramatic interpretations and performances. For the title Sh@kespeare in the Media to be truly comprehensive CDs will soon have to be added to the audio list, although at the moment comparatively few exist. This change is immensely gratifying and rewarding to those who like to hear their Shakespeare in locations other than a theatre or cinema and to experience interpretations made distinctive by another medium and its unique tools and challenges. In Britain Shakespeare on radio is almost contemporary, in age, with film, with a history covering eighty years; cassettes are somewhat younger. Radio drama performances have, however, received far less attention and analysis than film although often the source text has been the same. Film magazines, whether popular or literary have had considerable circulation; for the radio public easily accessible equivalents for public consumption have not been available since the 1950s, although their scope and circulation has increased. The imbalance of attention is therefore beginning to be rectified and the Radio Times is perhaps one piece of evidence of that trend. Could the delights of audio reception of Shakespeare be shared by ever increasing numbers, not only would the increased accessibility enhance the entertainment value and enjoyment of his plays but also encouragement would be given to further medium experiment and hopefully significant performance history be found, created and preserved. The performance category likely...

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