London, UK - Shakespeare's Globe Theater; Lenox, MA - Shakespeare Company Theater
In Lenox, Massachusetts is located the Shakespeare Company Theater. Founded in 1978, The Shakespeare Company in Lenox is dedicated to both Shakespeare’s works as well as medieval theater. During this opening year of 1978, the company performed only two different plays, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Three Voices of Edith Wharton. During last year’s performance season, the Company staged ten different plays, including The Merchant of Venice, Or, The Two Gentleman of Verona, The Taming, Ugly Lies the Bone, Cry “Havoc”, Sotto Voce, Twelfth Night, The Emperor of the Moon, and It’s a Wonderful Life. At Shakespeare and Company, “[they] embrace the classical ideals and visceral experience of Shakespeare’s work: collaboration, commitment to language, physical prowess and the embodied voice."
Now, for the greater question, what do Hamlet, the Globe Theater, and the Shakespeare Company Theater of Lenox, Massachusetts have in common? They all advocate for the culture and importance of theater. The Globe Theater focuses on the impact Shakespeare had on the world of theater and performance and strives to help in the education of Shakespeare. In his play Hamlet, Shakespeare incorporates a “play within a play” as a way to, as Jillian Woods wrote in her article “Hamlet: The Play within the Play”, “produce a real impact on those who view [it]” (Woods). The Shakespeare Company keeps Shakespeare’s work alive by its dedication to his plays and medieval theater in general.
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“Performance History.” Shakespeare & Company, www.shakespeare.org/about/performance-history. Accessed 4 May 2018.
Wood, Jillian. “Hamlet: the Play within the Play.” The British Library, 6 Nov. 2015, www.bl.uk/shakespeare/articles/hamlet-the-play-within-the-play.
Oliver Dogbe, Student, Fitchburg State University