This is the first full-length study of Shelley’s plays in performance. It offers a rich, meticulously researched history of Shelley’s role as a playwright and dramatist and a reassessment of his "closet dramas” as performable pieces of theatre.
With chapters on each of Shelley’s dramatic works, the book provides a thorough discussion of the poet’s stagecraft, and analyses performances of his plays from the Georgian period to today. In addition, Mulhallen offers details of the productions Shelley saw in England and Italy, many not identified before, as well as a vivid account of the actors and personalities that constituted the theatrical scene of his time. Her research reveals Shelley as an extraordinarily talented playwright, whose fascination with contemporary theatrical theory and practice seriously challenges the notion that he was a reluctant dramatist.
Prof. Stephen Behrendt (Nebraska) has described the book as
"wonderfully convincing" and "something wholly new in Shelley studies",
while Prof. Tim Webb (Bristol) describes Mulhallen as having a "more
precisely developed sense of the theatrical possibilities of Shelley's
work than almost anybody who has written about Shelley".
The Theatre of Shelley is
essential reading for anyone interested in Romantic literature,
nineteenth-century culture and the history of theatre.
1. The Theatrical Context: The Georgian Theatre in England
2. Shelley’s Theatregoing, Playreading and Criticism
3. Practical Technique: The Cenci
4. Turning History into Art: Charles the First
5. Ideal Drama: Prometheus Unbound
6. Drama for a Purpose: Hellas & Fragments of an Unfinished Drama
7. Satirical Comedy: Swellfoot the Tyrant
Appendix I: List of Performances Seen by Shelley
Appendix II: The Programme of Songs with the Performance of Douglas
No of pages: 308. No of Illustrations: 21.
ISBN (13): 9781906924300
ISBN (10): 1906924309
The Theatre of Shelley by Jacqueline Mulhallen is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.0 UK: England & Wales License.