Journals Higher Education



Published: 19 February 2004

276 Pages

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9780719063695

Bookseller Code (06)


Region, religion and patronage

Lancastrian Shakespeare

Richard Dutton, Alison Findlay, and Richard Wilson

Published by Manchester University Press

  • Explores the network of social, political and spiritual connections in north west England as a site for regional drama, introducing the reader to the non-metropolitan theatre spaces which formed a vital part of early modern dramatic activity
  • Uses the possibility that Shakespeare began his theatrical career to provide a range of new contexts for reading his plays
  • Examines the contexts in which the apprentice dramatist would have worked, providing new insight into regional performance, touring theatre & the patronage of the Earls of Derby
  • Examines the experiences of Catholic families and the way in which Lancashire's status as a Catholic stronghold led to conflict with central government's attempts to create a united state All this feeds into innovative readings of individual plays such as Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night's Dream