Nationalisms, national theatres, and the return of Julius Caesar

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The national theatre institutions which have developed across Europe since the Renaissance share a contradictory double mission: to nurture and defend their distinct national dramatic traditions, and at the same time to purvey the shared classics of world theatre. In the light of the spate of topical revivals of Julius Caesar which proliferated worldwide from 2015 through 2017, this chapter looks at the role Shakespeare’s Roman tragedies have played in the repertories of national theatres over the last two centuries – works which purport to represent classical civilization, but written in a dramatic mode which successive vernaculars have found liberatingly unclassical. It looks in particular at the significance of Julius Caesar in London, Washington, Riga, and Bucharest.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoman Shakespeare
Subtitle of host publicationintersecting times, spaces, languages
EditorsDaniela Guardamagna
Publication statusPublished - 3 Oct 2018

Publication series

NameCultural interactions: studies in the relationship between the arts
PublisherPeter Lang
ISSN (Print)1662-0364