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Staging Shakespeare's Late Plays$
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Roger Warren

Print publication date: 1990

Print ISBN-13: 9780198128779

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198128779.001.0001

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(p.239) Epilogue
Staging Shakespeare's Late Plays

Roger Warren

Oxford University Press

For the author, the most significant feature that is evident in the recent portrayals of Shakespeare's late plays, and probably in other staging attempts, involves the central characters' sense of embarking on voyages of discovery, undergoing spiritual journeys, and how these characters have discovered themselves. All the major characters in Shakespeare's late plays (although probably demonstrated differently by Pericles) undergo fundamental psychological journeys. Peter Hall's stagings were able to illustrate an overt style that resembled the technique used in Shakespeare's preceding comedies.

Keywords:   central characters, psychological journey, Pericles, metaphysical journey, comedies

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