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Problems of Stagecraft in ‘The Tempest’

  • Stanley Wells


This essay is offered as a tribute to Jan Kott in appreciation of all he has done to stimulate international enthusiasm for Shakespeare's plays.



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1. Warren, Roger, Staging Shakespeare's Late Plays, p. 13. Quotations from The Tempest are from Stephen Orgel's Oxford Shakespeare edition (Oxford, 1987).

2. Cited from the New Variorum edition, ed. Furness, H. H. (Philadelphia, 1892, reprinted 1964), p. 392, 395.

3. Odell, G. C. D., Shakespeare from Betterton to Irving (New York, 1922, reprinted 1963), Vol. II, p. 294.

4. The original staging of the scene is examined in detail in Gurr, Andrew, ‘The Tempest's Tempest at Blackfriars’, Shakespeare Survey 41 (Cambridge, 1989), p. 91102.

5. Kott, Jan, Shakespeare our Contemporary (London, 1964), p. 183.

Problems of Stagecraft in ‘The Tempest’

  • Stanley Wells


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