171]; " [I]n early modern London professional playhouses, there was thought to be no point in having a promptbook
as a record of performances, containing what was said and done on stage.
Drawing on the recently discovered promptbook
of the 1926 production of The Plough and the Stars, Malone proposes a close comparison of the married relationship of Nora and Jack Clitheroe and Ibsen's Nora and Torvald Helmer.
16) Almost a third of Rowley's lines are struck or blocked out in the promptbook
with the word "No" written in the margin, and in addition to a number of individual word changes about fifty of Poel's own lines are added to the text.
The original SPs throughout this scene, which denote actors' (or intended actors') names, betray the marks of the play's composition, and perhaps that the copy-text that served as the basis for Q was a promptbook
used in the theatre (and hence puzzled over by a compositor).
However, my recent examination of the promptbook
Richard Schoch uncovers what the Victorian promptbook
fails to preserve; Simon Palfrey and Tiffany Stern elucidate the implications of "sides" to early modern acting; Lanier calls up the spirit of the Master that haunts Audio Shakespeare; Ric Knowles demonstrates how the conditions of reception color the record of performance; Susan Bennett takes into account the tourist economies that motor Shakespeare festivals; James Bulman reveals the present-day reverberations of 'period' (all male) casting; Michael Cordner shows the poor accountability of Shakespeare editions to mise-en-scene; and in two separate but complementary essays, Yong Li Lan and Joanne Tompkins unfold the purposefulness and performativity of "non-understanding" to Shakespeare in intercultural performance (Lan, 533).
Royal Shakespeare Company, Swan Theatre, Stanford-Upon-Avon, 1994 Archival video cording, promptbook
, production photographs held by the Shakespeare Centre, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Stanford-upon-Avon.
For example, at the beginning of the second part, the RSC promptbook
adds stage business after the slaves have been brought onstage that, translated, means: Stanmore and Otman enter back right (upper stage left) and cross to Oroonoko.
7) One possible example of a professional touring company using a printed play as a promptbook
is described by C.
But, as a recently discovered promptbook
makes clear, when he took his St Patrick for Ireland to the Werburgh Street playhouse in Dublin in the same year, not only did his stage manager warn that the "serpents be read[y]" to be driven out of the country, but Shirley's deployment of "flames, and fire,/ Tempests and whirlewinds" so dominated the performance that it elicited a derisory notice from his fellow playwright Henry Burnell.
An editor trained in New Bibliography would likely regularize these to "CAPULET'S WIFE" on the assumption that this would have been done by someone in the theatre when making the promptbook
, in which (New Bibliographers assumed) such variations would be smoothed away.
46) Edwards's promptbook
reveals his fascination with the 'imaginative quality' of Ibsen's poetry; Ibsen's philosophy, he found less interesting.