Shakespeare Companies and Festivals: An International Guide

Shakespeare Companies and Festivals: An International Guide

Shakespeare Companies and Festivals: An International Guide

Shakespeare Companies and Festivals: An International Guide

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This reference profiles over 150 Shakespeare companies and festivals worldwide. Each company or festival is described in a separate essay. In light of the differences among the various companies and festivals and the fact that the essays were written by a number of contributors, the authors have never intended to be uniform in style. Nevertheless, each profile narrative does follow a general format, describing the history of the particular festival or company, its organization, including staffing and budgeting, its physical facilities and performance site, the demographics of its audience and the community where it is located, and its approach to producing Shakespeare's plays. Most of the essays also include a brief review of one or more performances witnessed by the contributor. The essay is preceded by a "headnote" containing essential information about the company or festival, including its name, mailing address, site, administrative office phone number, box office phone number, ticket prices, length of season, number of productions and performance starting times, principal staff members, physical facilities, audition procedures and location, Equity status, annual budget, annual attendance, date of its founding, and the name of its founder. The essay is followed by a chronological summary (Production History) of the Shakespeare plays (in most cases, all plays) produced by the organization and by Research Resources, a guide to further information, including, when available and pertinent, a listing of selected publications.

Please note that when a category has been omitted from a headnote, this is not due to an oversight; rather, the information was either unavailable (rarely the case) or not applicable. Thus, for example, Shakespeare festivals that do not charge admission, which are "free," usually do not have a "box office." Hence, this category would be omitted for such festivals. For the most part, we have listed in the Production History section all plays, both Shakespearean and nonShakespearean, presented by a company or festival since its founding. In a few . . .

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