n Shakespeare in Southern Africa - Romeo and Juliette : Shakespeare for schools

Volume 22, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1011-582X



There is a mass of choices available to any interpreter of the Shakespearean canon. Views on presenting the works of the Bard might be bound up with how his plays were performed at The Globe in the sixteenth century and, using contemporary source material, we have to imagine that. Purists insist that it is not enough for today's scholars to know the territory through and through: they have to be able to communicate it in a way that emphasises the melodious language of the Elizabethans, preferably with a plummy sort of self-confidence. At the other end of the scale is the director who blurs the edges between the popular and the erudite, someone with the knack of clarifying and contextualising the script in a way that gives the text an up-to-date urbanity and daring.

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