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Daniel’s Cleopatra and Lady Anne Clifford: From a Jacobean Portrait to Modern Performance

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Emma Whipday


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Recent interest in staging so-called ‘closet dramas’ by early modern women has bypassed Samuel Daniel’s Cleopatra, because of the author’s sex. Yet this play has strong female associations: it was commissioned by Mary Sidney Herbert, and is quoted in a Jacobean portrait of a woman (plausibly Lady Anne Clifford) in role as Cleopatra. We staged a Jacobean-style production of Cleopatra at Goodenough College, London, then a performance of selected scenes at Knole, Clifford’s home in Kent. This article presents the many insights gained about the dramatic power of the play and its significance in giving voices to women.

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Author(s): Arshad Y, Hackett H, Whipday E

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Early Theatre

Year: 2015

Volume: 18

Issue: 2

Pages: 167-186

Print publication date: 31/12/2015

Online publication date: 31/12/2015

Acceptance date: 09/07/2015

ISSN (print): 1206-9078

Publisher: University of Toronto


DOI: 10.12745/et.18.2.2548


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