Region, religion and patronage

Lancastrian Shakespeare

Edited by Richard Dutton, Alison Findlay and Richard Wilson

Region, religion and patronage

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-6369-5
  • Pages: 272
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £16.99
  • Published Date: September 2013
  • BIC Category: Literature, Literature: history & criticism, Literary studies: general, Europe, LITERARY CRITICISM / European / General, Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800


Explores the network of social, political and spiritual connections in north west England as a site for regional drama, introducing the reader to the non-metropolitan theatre spaces which formed a vital part of early modern dramatic activity. Uses the possibility that Shakespeare began his theatrical career to provide a range of new contexts for reading his plays. Examines the contexts in which the apprentice dramatist would have worked, providing new insight into regional performance, touring theatre & the patronage of the Earls of Derby. Examines the experiences of Catholic families and the way in which Lancashire's status as a Catholic stronghold led to conflict with central government's attempts to create a united state.. All this feeds into innovative readings of individual plays such as Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night's Dream.


Richard Dutton is Humanities Distinguished Professor at Ohio State University

Alison Findlay is Professor of Renaissance Drama at the University of Lancaster

Richard Wilson is Sir Peter Hall Professor of Shakespeare Studies at Kingston University, London


List of illustrations
1. Introduction
2. "The useless dearness of the diamond": patronage theatre and households - Suzanne Westfall
3. The management of mirth: Shakepeare via Bourdieu - Richard Wilson
4. Between astrology and adolatry: modes of temporal repetition in Romeo and Juliet - Phillipa Berry
5. Country house, Catholicity and the cryptic in Twelfth Night - Anne Lecercle
6. Recusancy, festivity and community: The Simpsons at Gowlthwaite Hall - Phebe Jensen
7. Suicide at the elephant and castle or, did the lady vanish? Alternative endings for early modern women writers -
Marion Wynne Davies
8. Shakespeare and Lancaster - Richard Dutton
9. The Shireburnes of Stonyhurst: memory and survival in a Lancashire Catholic recusant family - John Callow and Michael Mullett
10. Lancashire, Shakepeare and the cosntrucion of cultural neighbourhoods in sixteenth century England - Mary A. Blackstone
11. A family tradition: Dramatic patronage by the Earls of Derby - Sally-Beth MacLean
12. The playhouse at Prescot and the 1592-4 plague - David George
13. Regional performance in Shakepeare's time - Peter Greenfield

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