Victorian Shakespeare (Volume 1): Theatre, Drama, Performance ranges widely across the variety of Victorian theatrical spaces and forms in examining the ways in which the production of Shakespeare fundamentally informs the changing nature and status of the Victorian theatre. It considers the performance spaces of the legitimate theatre, but also looks at burlesques and parodies, the cultural and political spaces of the 1832 Select Committee on Dramatic Literature, the artistic realm of Shakespeare illustrations and theatre posters, and Shakespeare's presence in nineteenth-century Europe and America.
GAIL MARSHALL is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Leeds. She is the author of Actresses on the Victorian Stage (1998) and Victorian Fiction (2002), and the editor of George Eliot (2003). She is currently writing a monograph on the relationship between Victorian women and Shakespeare. ADRIAN POOLE is Reader in English and Comparative Literature at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of Trinity College. His books include Tragedy: Shakespeare and the Greek Example (1987), Henry James (1991), and (co-edited with Jeremy Maule) The Ox