publication . Part of book or chapter of book . 2018

Drama at Sea: A New Look at Shakespeare on the Dragon, 1607-8

Klein, Bernhard; Barbour, Richmond;
Closed Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2018
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Country: United Kingdom
The East India Company’s third voyage, 1607-10, has long claimed the attention of critics – not, however, for its historic status as the first English sea voyage to reach India, but for the possibility that its crewmen made the first stagings of Shakespeare outside Europe. References to three shipboard performances of Shakespeare plays in west and east African waters – twice of Hamlet, once of Richard II – appeared in the 19th century in two separate locations, each time offered as verbatim extracts from the long lost logbook of the expedition’s flagship, the Dragon. This unusual conjunction of theatre, travel and maritime initiative has sparked critical debates...
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