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date: 21 October 2020

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‘Experimental Shakespeare’ considers the various meanings of ‘experimental’ as it has been attributed to productions of the plays in the last fifty years. It looks at innovation in performance style as well as the criticism these stage practices have inspired. In addition, the chapter considers the emergence and popularity of a ‘global’ Shakespeare and how audiences engage non-English-language and postcolonial productions in diverse cultural markets. Finally, it looks at the idea of original practices productions in replica theatre buildings and considers what effects are produced by claims to an authentic Shakespearean performance practice. Each of these traditions of ‘experimental’ Shakespeare contributes to the ongoing cultural and economic impact of the playwright and his work.

Keywords: Key terms, experimental, postcolonial, global, original practices, cultural markets

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