In this book all the studies of Shakespeare in performance lead towards a realisation that, in this form of criticism and scholarship, as in a disaster at sea, the call must be ‘each for himself!’ or for herself. Not only is the subject of study and its context always changing, so also are the readers. Anyone studying the plays in performance brings to the task a random bundle of likes and dislikes, prejudices and blind spots, and these are liable to change with time. This study is like a sport, worth watching for spectators, enjoyable and sometimes difficult or surprising for participants. I hope the book will draw readers to watch the sport more closely and encourage new players onto the field.
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