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Calvert Revivals - Victorian Performance
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0770  Wednesday, 4 April 2001

From:           Thomas Larque <
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Date:           Monday, 2 Apr 2001 11:54:58 +0100
Subject:        Calvert Revivals - Victorian Performance

The most recent addition to my "Shakespeare and His Critics" website is
Alfred Darbyshire's Address on "The Calvert Revivals", delivered to the
Arts Club, Manchester in 1893.  In this entertaining lecture, Darbyshire
discusses the "Revivalist" productions of the Victorian period - by
Kean, Phelps, Calvert and Irving.  These productions were characterised
by spectacular scenery and costume, and an attempt to produce
historically accurate settings for the performance of Shakespeare's
plays.  Calvert's "Merchant of Venice", for example, warranted a
research trip to Italy and the purchase of a real gondola, while
research for his "Henry V" settled some previously unsolved questions
about the heraldry of the battle at Agincourt.

Darbyshire describes some aspects of these productions, and their
preparation, in loving detail and gives a real insight into the
spectacular scale and logistics of the "Revivalist" productions, with
their casts of hundreds.

The page can be seen at:
http://ds.dial.pipex.com/thomas_larque/cal1-dar.htm

Again, I would be grateful if anybody with a collection of Shakespeare
related links would add this page to their list.

Thomas Larque.

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