Publisher description for Orson Welles on Shakespeare : the W.P.A. and Mercury Theatre playscripts / edited with an introduction by Richard France ; foreword by Simon Callow.

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Orson Welles' theatrical productions of Shakespeare for the W.P.A.'s Federal Theatre Project and Welles' own Mercury Theatre represent unique blending of high art and the highly politicized popular culture of the 1930s. This volume is the only publication available of the fully annotated playscripts of these adaptations, including the "Voodoo" Macbeth, the modern-dress Julius Caesar and Welles' compilation of history plays, Five Kings. Richard France's general introduction provides invaluable background information that relates the three plays and their productions to the social, historical, political and economic climate from which they emerged. He further introduces each script with all of the relevant information on the production, interview material from those on the scene and Welles' own directorial marginalia.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Shakespeare, William, -- 1564-1616 -- Adaptations.
Welles, Orson, -- 1915-1985 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Shakespeare, William, -- 1564-1616 -- Stage history -- 1800-1950.
Shakespeare, William, -- 1564-1616 -- Stage history -- New York (State) -- New York.
Theater -- New York (State) -- New York -- History -- 20th century.
United States. -- Works Projects Administration.
Mercury Theatre on the air (Radio program)