n Shakespeare in Southern Africa - In exile with Shakespeare : British Civilian Internee Theatre at Ruhleben Camp, 1914-1918

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



If this description of "a kaleidoscope of European curiosities" - where we eventually meet Master Shakespeare - catches your fancy, you might well wish to locate this "Promenade des Anglais" on the map more accurately. This is not the cosmopolitan in Mediterranean Nice, but a pedestrian area further north on the map of Europe, in western Berlin, between the rather chic residential area of Charlottenburg and the industrial suburb of Spandau. We are on the site of Ruhleben Camp, a racecourse rapidly converted in October and November 1914 into a civil internment camp for some 5,000 British males, resident in Germany, visiting the country, or afloat in its territorial waters, during the early months of the Great War.

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