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Past and Present: Pre- and Post-1989 Shakespearean Productions on Pilsen Stages

Citace: [] MIŠTEROVÁ, I. Past and Present: Pre- and Post-1989 Shakespearean Productions on Pilsen Stages. Cambridge, 2011.
Druh: PŘEDNÁŠKA, POSTER
Jazyk publikace: eng
Anglický název: Past and Present: Pre- and Post-1989 Shakespearean Productions on Pilsen Stages
Rok vydání: 2011
Autoři: PhDr. Ivona Mišterová Ph.D.
Abstrakt EN: The democratic revolution in 1989 caused comprehensive changes in all Czechoslovak theatres. Political freedom made possible not only staging of plays by various additional foreign playwrights, but also new approaches to the classics. This paper offers a comparative view of significant pre- and post-1989 Shakespearean productions with emphasis on particularities of their stage interpretations and their socio-political context. Post-war Shakespearean performances reflected not only the period of Nazi dictatorship but indicated also premonitory allusions to the upcoming era (e.g. Measure for Measure, 1946; Macbeth 1949). The correspondence between particular productions and social and political events appears to be stronger in the 1950s and late 1960s productions of The Merchant of Venice (1954) and Romeo and Juliet (1970). The years after 1989 brought numerous Shakespearean performances, ranging from traditional interpretations to peculiar adaptations (e.g. Macbeth [2000], Othello [2008], etc.). At the end of the 20th century, The International Festival Theatre was established in Pilsen, bringing a new refreshing spirit to the stage. The festival provides creative space for non-traditional performances and interpretations, thereby contributing to Czech theatre?s integration into the European and world theatre dialogue.
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