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Shakespeare's plays have inspired a variety of interpretations over the centuries. Shehrazade Zafar-Arif, who's completing her MA in Shakespeare Studies at King’s College London, lists and explains some of the differences.

How to perform or adapt Shakespeare when he has been performed over and over since his own time? The question has prompted a variety of performances, from Elizabethan dress to modern day, as well as films, novels, even comics. This undercurrent of anxiety, the fear that yet another performance of Shakespeare might somehow cause him to go stale, to become cliché, has revealed itself in different ways: productions of Shakespeare plays either try to update them and do something new, by playing with setting and gender; or they adhere to the 'Original Practices' style, incorporating costumes, acting practices and even casting methods from Shakespeare’s day.

Shakespeare was a product of his time. He did not exist in a vacuum, but was irrevocably tied to the theatre company, theatre practices, acting practices and social circumstances of his era. Revisiting the practices of his time does not somehow resurrect him into the modern age, but is part of an attempt to dip into a period we do not know enough about.

"Your plays are different to any other plays we have tried at our church and we have received so much great feedback .

I can't believe how versatile these play scripts are . I always found it very difficult to find scripts that I could do with both kids and adults in the Christian environment. 

"I was a teacher at one of the schools where Gracie's plays was going to be performed. Not much of a church attender, I was very skeptical about what it would be like.

As Rome begins and ends with Romuli , so its drama and theatre also come full circle across the ages. Traditionally, there are three major phases of development:

1) an early period (pre-240 BCE) when native Italian drama , such as Atellan farces, phlyaces and Fescennine verses, dominated the Roman stage;

2) the period of literary drama (240 BCE - ca. 100 BCE), when the Romans primarily adapted classical and post-classical Greek plays;

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Shakespeare's plays have inspired a variety of interpretations over the centuries. Shehrazade Zafar-Arif, who's completing her MA in Shakespeare Studies at King’s College London, lists and explains some of the differences.

How to perform or adapt Shakespeare when he has been performed over and over since his own time? The question has prompted a variety of performances, from Elizabethan dress to modern day, as well as films, novels, even comics. This undercurrent of anxiety, the fear that yet another performance of Shakespeare might somehow cause him to go stale, to become cliché, has revealed itself in different ways: productions of Shakespeare plays either try to update them and do something new, by playing with setting and gender; or they adhere to the 'Original Practices' style, incorporating costumes, acting practices and even casting methods from Shakespeare’s day.

Shakespeare was a product of his time. He did not exist in a vacuum, but was irrevocably tied to the theatre company, theatre practices, acting practices and social circumstances of his era. Revisiting the practices of his time does not somehow resurrect him into the modern age, but is part of an attempt to dip into a period we do not know enough about.

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Shakespeare's plays have inspired a variety of interpretations over the centuries. Shehrazade Zafar-Arif, who's completing her MA in Shakespeare Studies at King’s College London, lists and explains some of the differences.

How to perform or adapt Shakespeare when he has been performed over and over since his own time? The question has prompted a variety of performances, from Elizabethan dress to modern day, as well as films, novels, even comics. This undercurrent of anxiety, the fear that yet another performance of Shakespeare might somehow cause him to go stale, to become cliché, has revealed itself in different ways: productions of Shakespeare plays either try to update them and do something new, by playing with setting and gender; or they adhere to the 'Original Practices' style, incorporating costumes, acting practices and even casting methods from Shakespeare’s day.

Shakespeare was a product of his time. He did not exist in a vacuum, but was irrevocably tied to the theatre company, theatre practices, acting practices and social circumstances of his era. Revisiting the practices of his time does not somehow resurrect him into the modern age, but is part of an attempt to dip into a period we do not know enough about.

"Your plays are different to any other plays we have tried at our church and we have received so much great feedback .

I can't believe how versatile these play scripts are . I always found it very difficult to find scripts that I could do with both kids and adults in the Christian environment. 

"I was a teacher at one of the schools where Gracie's plays was going to be performed. Not much of a church attender, I was very skeptical about what it would be like.


How have performances of Shakespeare changed over time.

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