The story this book reveals has never been told before. Everyone knows about the Bloomsbury Group and their influence on art and style, on literature, life and manners, even on psychology and economics. But hitherto no one suspected that they have an equally profound influence on English theatre, especially on productions of Shakespeare, most especially on the foundation of the RSC. New research now traces the connections from William Poel and the Elizabethan Stage Society in the late Nineteenth Century to the foundation of the Marlowe Dramatic Society in Cambridge in 1907. Rupert Brooke is an early and active member and his friendships with Virginia Woolf and Lytton Strachey link the new Society to Bloomsbury. The link is developed after the First World War by another friend of Woolf and Strachey and legendary don of King's College, George ("Dadie") Rylands, who directs Marlowe Society productions from 1929 to 1966. It is yet another member of Bloomsbury and even more legendary don at King's, Maynard Keynes, who builds the Cambrige Arts Theatre in 1936, managed by Rylands, where the Marlowe Society has performed ever since.This is the Theatre that Peter Hall haunts as a schoolboy and acts in as a student, in productions of Shakespeare directed by Rylands and (King's College again!
) John Barton. In 1959 Barton leaves King's to join Peter Hall at the foundation of the RSC. From the same nursery of talent come Trevor Nunn, Ian McKellen, Derek Jacobi and many others, the so-called Cambridge Mafia. The continuity is so remarkable that in the perspective of this history one might almost call them the Bloomsbury Group in disguise.
List of illustrations Preface by Ian McKellen Chapter 1: Ghosts of Theatre Past: Before the Marlowe Chapter 2: The Two Brookes and Old Bloomsbury Chapter 3: New Bloomsbury: Enter Dadie Rylands Chapter 4: Voices on Vinyl: The Argo Recordings Chapter 5: From Bloomsbury to Stratford: Enter John Barton Chapter 6: Cymbeline: the Boundary of Bloomsbury: Margaret Drabble and Derek Jacobi Chapter 7: After Bloomsbury Chapter 8: Ghosts of Theatre Future: Radical Potential by Stephen Unwin Appendix A Chronology of Productions 1907-2007 Appendix B Acknowledgements and sources
Series: Salt Studies in Contemporary Literature & Culture S
For Ages: 9 - 11 years old
For Grades: 4 - 6
Number Of Pages: 204
Published: 13th September 2007
Publisher: Salt Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2
Weight (kg): 0.3