The troublesome reign of King John

Longstaffe, Stephen ORCID logo ORCID: (2012) The troublesome reign of King John. In: Betteridge, Thomas and Walker, Greg, (eds.) The Oxford handbook of Tudor drama. Oxford University Press, Oxford, England. Full text not available from this repository.

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This article analyzes The Queen's Men's The Troublesome Reign of King John. As a source of Shakespeare's King John, the play remained in his shadow more or less until the publication in 1998 by Scott McMillin and Sally-Beth MacLean of their ground-breaking book The Queen's Men and their Plays. The key to their approach was to imagine the play in performance and on tour, as part of a repertory with its own distinct dramaturgical, stylistic, and political characteristics, in the service of the broad project of newly protestant nation-making usually identified principally with Walsingham and Leicester. In this account, the Queen's Men come over as a sixteenth-century English version of the Berliner Ensemble, with an aesthetics inseparable from a politics, and both disseminated via the touring which was the company's raison d'être. This approach continues to yield new insights into the play.

Item Type: Book Section
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Departments: Academic Departments > Institute of Arts (IOA) > Performing Arts
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2015 12:53
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2024 11:00
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