A Study of Shakespearean Production in Theatre History
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The author uses Macbeth to trace how each historical period viewed Shakespeare, reflected the play itself within specific production accounts, and the people who were the forces that created these various approaches. Macbeth, along with Hamlet and Richard III, was one of the few plays in almost constant production throughout each period, and the record of these productions bring forth the universality of Shakespeare. The thesis divides the historical record into: Elizabethan England; Restoration and 18th Century England; 19th Century England; 19th Century America; 19th Century Continent; Pre-World War II Production; and Post-World War II Production.