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The Earls of Derby and the Early-Modern Performance Culture of North-West England

Graham, E, Loyd, S, Bowsher, J, Shannon, W, Lamb, E, MacLean, S-B and Bailey, RA The Earls of Derby and the Early-Modern Performance Culture of North-West England. In: Graham, E, (ed.) Shakespeare Bulletin (Special Edition). Shakespeare Bulletin, 38 . Johns Hopkins University Press. (Accepted)

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Abstract

This special issue of Shakespeare Bulletin is concerned with the 3rd to 7th Earls of Derby, their patronage roles and other involvements in performance cultures in the early-modern period. This forms one central strand of research into the early-modern theatrical history of the small town of Prescot (now in Liverpool City Region's Borough of Knowsley; formerly in south Lancashire). It is this history, and the connections between Knowsley and Shakespearean theatre which it evidences, that inform the current Shakespeare North Playhouse Project, a major, heritage-based, urban regeneration initiative that has been developing for over a decade and which is now coming to fruition. In taking members of the Lancashire-based Stanley dynasty as focalizers of early-modern performance history, this issue addresses under-researched issues of regionality in theatre history. It reverses an older, London-based outlook: by taking Knowsley and Prescot as a viewpoint and looking outwards from north-west England towards other regions, London, and beyond, it adds to work offering new perspectives on the place(s) of theatre in the early-modern period. Lancashire, as it were, writes back to the metropolis here.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theater
Divisions: Humanities & Social Science
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2021 12:23
Last Modified: 12 Feb 2021 12:23
Editors: Graham, E
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/14037

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