This volume, while it raises all the questions appertaining to the cultural, historical and critical contexts of the play, has as its primary focus the play as theatrical performance. This focus is not taken in isolation, but observed in terms of all the social, material and practical aspects of theatrical production. The questions raised are those that face actors, stage managers and directors, scenic and costume designers, in the rehearsal room and on the stage.
CHRISTOPHER McCULLOUGH is Professor of Theatre and Head of the School of Performance Arts at the University of Exeter, UK. He is a professional director and a member of the editorial boards of Theatre History Studies Journal and Research in Drama in Education. His publications include Theatre and Europe (Oxford, 1996) and Theatre Praxis (ed, Palgrave, 1998).