n Shakespeare in Southern Africa - Imagining alterity and belonging on the English stage in an age of expansion : a reading of

Volume 23, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1011-582X



The "Master of the Revels" of the Jacobean court records a performance of by "Shaxberd" in November 1604. The timing and the setting of this first performance of in the court of James I, almost 20 years before it appeared in quarto, are of interest for a reflection on the relationship between the play's exploration of alterity and the construction of 'Englishness'. The play comes into being within the English court, rather than the Globe or the Rose theatre. It is first performed to an audience that includes the expansionist Stuart monarch and during a period marked by the active pursuit of English colonisation.

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