Bardolotry: the cultural materialist’s guide to Stratford-upon-Avon

G. Holderness

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In the spring of 1936 the Directors of the Stratford-upon-Avon Festival Company received the following cable: ‘Please send earth Shakespeare’s garden water River Avon for dedication Shakespeare Theatre, Dallas, Texas, July 1st.’ The ‘Shakespeare Theatre’ referred to was a ‘replica’ of the Globe playhouse erected for the Great Texas Fair; it had previously served as the centre-piece of a mock ‘English village’ constructed for the World’s Fair in Chicago. Stratford knew how to respond to what might seem to us a bizarre request. A group of citizens and actors gathered in the garden of Shakespeare’s birthplace to meet the American Vice-Consul. In a solemn ritual formality into a small box made of charred wood- a relic from the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre which burned down in 1926. The party then repaired to the premises of the Stratford rowing club on the banks of the Avon
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Shakespeare Myth
Subtitle of host publication(Cultural Politics)
EditorsG. Holderness
Place of PublicationManchester
PublisherManchester University Press
ISBN (Print)0719026350, 978-0719026355
Publication statusPublished - 1988


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