n Shakespeare in Southern Africa - South Africa’s Shakespeare and the Drama of Language and Identity, Adele Seeff - review

Volume 31 Number 2018
  • ISSN : 1011-582X


Adele Seeff’s new book provides an extensive and necessary discussion of Shakespeare in South Africa, with a particular focus on performance and language. Her study of individual performances is not exhaustive; this would be impossible, given its considerable historical scope. Seeff’s timeline starts in 1801, with the African Theatre’s inaugural production of 1 Henry IV (the first known stage performance of Shakespeare in southern Africa). The book concludes with a case study of Shakespeare in Mzansi, a 2008 SABC television mini-series.

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