Each Actor on His Ass: The role of strolling players in disseminating Shakespeare

Ronan Paterson

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Although Shakespeare's plays are primarily associated in the minds of most scholars with their performances at The Globe and other theatres in London, his company spent much of their time touring as strolling players, and it is this strolling tradition which was initially responsible for spreading his fame and influence, first throughout England, then across Northern Europe, and eventually across the burgeoning British Empire. Eventually his plays were to reach nearly every corner of the planet, often brought by strolling players, who toured the highways and byeways of many lands.

This paper traces some of those early pioneers, who spread those influences, initially touring English actors, but increasingly locally-born artists, who adopted and adapted Shakespeare to their own traditions and styles, whether in 17th Century Germany, 18th Century Russia or 19th Century Bengal.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 30 May 2018
EventShakespeare Traffics Tropics: 3rd Biennial Conference of the Asian Shakespeare Association - University of the Philippines, Diliman, Manila, Philippines
Duration: 28 May 201830 May 2018
Conference number: 3


ConferenceShakespeare Traffics Tropics


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