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Shakespeare and Stratford-Upon-Avon: A Chronicle of the Time Robert Hunter

Shakespeare and Stratford-Upon-Avon: A Chronicle of the Time

Robert Hunter

Published July 20th 2009
ISBN : 9781108001625
Paperback
284 pages
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A detailed account by the secretary to the festival committee of the extensive Tercentenary celebrations of Shakespeares birth held in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1864. The jubilee, inspired by Garricks of 1769, included performances of several of theMoreA detailed account by the secretary to the festival committee of the extensive Tercentenary celebrations of Shakespeares birth held in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1864. The jubilee, inspired by Garricks of 1769, included performances of several of the plays in a specially built pavilion on the Paddock in Southern Lane. There was also a banquet, a ball, fireworks, church services, a pageant and several concerts. Planning was fraught with difficulties and disagreements such as the committees refusal to provide the pageant (organised in the end by the townsfolk) and walked a financial tightrope. The event nevertheless was a success and paved the way for the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, opened in 1879. A short biography of the playwright, with an assessment of previous biographies, a topographical narrative of the town and description of the three previous jubilees held there (especially Garricks) provide context and the perspective of the time.