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The Shakespeare Hut : a story of performance, memory and identity, 1916-1923 / Ailsa Grant Ferguson.

Author/Creator:
Ferguson, Ailsa Grant, author.
Other Title:
The Shakespeare Hut : a story of memory, performance and identity, 1916-1923
Publication:
London ; New York, NY : The Arden Shakespeare, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2019. , ©2019
Series:
The Arden Shakespeare
Format/Description:
Book
xvii, 265 pages ; 21 cm.
Subjects:
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Stage history -- 1800-1950.
Shakespeare Hut (Bloomsbury, London, England)
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Stage history -- England -- London.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Dramatic production -- History -- 20th century.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Anniversaries, etc.
Great Britain. Army. Australian and New Zealand Army Corps -- Military life.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.
Great Britain. Army. Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.
World War (1914-1918)
World War, 1914-1918 -- Great Britain -- Theater and the war.
Soldiers -- Recreation -- Great Britain.
Anniversaries.
Armed Forces -- Military life.
Soldiers -- Recreation.
Theater.
War and theater.
England -- London.
Great Britain.
Form/Genre:
History.
Summary:
"This book tells the forgotten story of the Shakespeare Hut, a vast, mock-Tudor building for New Zealand Anzac soldiers visiting London on leave from the front lines. Constructed in Bloomsbury in 1916, the Hut was to be the only built memorial to mark Shakespeare's Tercentenary in the midst of war. With a purpose-built performance space, its tiny stage hosted the biggest theatrical stars of the age. The Hut is a vivid and unique case study in cultural memory and performance of Shakespeare. One extraordinary building brings together Shakespeare's place in First World War theatre, in emerging new post-colonial identities, the story of Shakespearean performance in the twentieth century and in the struggle for women's suffrage. Grant Ferguson transports you to the Hut and its lively, idiosyncratic world. From a feminist-led stage to a hub of Indian intellectual and political debate, from a Shakespeare memorial to an Anzac social club, this is the story of a building truly at a crossroads"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents:
Prologue: the Shakespeare Memorial National Theatre events, 1910-12: festivity, bardolatry, (re)constructing "memory"
"What ho! For Shakespeare, when we get back to Blighty!": commemorating Shakespeare in wartime
Performing Englishness: the Shakespeare Hut for Anzacs
Performing femininity: women at the Shakespeare Hut
After the war, 1919-23
Epilogue: forgetting and "remembering" the Shakespeare Hut, 1924-2016: festivity, bardolatry and (re)constructing "memory".
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:
9781474295840
1474295843
9781474295857
9781474295864
OCLC:
1078966018
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