The author makes use of scripts and scholarship about original stagings of Shakespeare and suggests how those productions related to modern staging. Much of this material has been developed as a result of the recent increased interest in the significance of performance for interpreting Shakespeare, including the recovery of the archaeological evidence about the original Rose and Globe Theatres. The book contains current reading lists for each topic and consolidates these in an overall bibliography for Shakespeare and his theatres.
Hugh Macrae Richmond is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of California, Berkeley, and Director of Education at the Shakespeare Globe Centre in the USA. He has written and edited numerous books on Shakespeare including Shakespeare's Political Plays and Shakespeare's Sexual Comedy. His Shakespeare Program at the University of California, Berkeley, has staged Shakespeare and related plays for thirty years.