Module Identifier DR30620  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Professor David I Rabey  
Semester Semester 2  
Pre-Requisite Successful completion of Part 1 Drama.  
Course delivery Lecture   20 Hours  
  Seminars / Tutorials   10 Hours  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours For information on due dates for submission of assessed work, please refer to the departmental web pages at 60%
Semester Assessment Essay (2500 words)30%
Semester Assessment Class contribution  10%

Learning outcomes

Typically, upon completion of this module students should be able:

- To demonstrate a critical and analytical awareness of the theatricality of specific Shakespeare plays.
- To reflect analytically and critically on the assumptions which documented production choices embody.
- To show an understanding of the implications various critical approaches may generate for production choices.


To examine a number of Shakespeare texts and to explore ways in which:

Their creation and mediation was determined by original staging circumstances.
Later generations restaged them in ways to create new meanings
They might be staged creatively today.


During the study for this module students will encounter differing approaches to the interpretation and performances of selected texts.   

Reading Lists

** Essential Reading
The Taming of the Shrew
King Lear
Titus Andronicus
The Winter's Tale
Other Shakespeare plays TBA.
** Recommended Text
Dessen, Alan (1989) Titus Andronicus Shakespeare in Performance: Manchester
Holderness, Graham (1989) The Taming of The Shrew Shakespeare in Performance: Manchester
Leggatt, Alexander (1991) King Lear Shakespeare in Performance: Manchester
Mangan, Michael (1996) A Preface to Shakespeare's Tragedies Longman
Mangan, Michael A Preface to Shakespeare's Comedies Longman
Parsons, K., & Mason, P. (eds) (1995) Shakespeare in Performance
Ripley, John (1998) `Coriolanus` on Stage in England and America 1609-1994 AUP
Thomson, Peter (1992) Shakespeare`s Theatre Routledge
Bate, J and Jackson, R (2001) The Oxford Illustrated History of Shakespeare on Stage OUP


This module is at CQFW Level 6