Part 1 List of illustrations; acknowledgments; introduction; performing histories; representing Shakespeare; production criticism; critical production. Part 2 Cycles; We'll meet again; masters of war: the War of the Roses (1963-4); anarchy in the UK: Henry IV (1975) and Henry VI (1977); victorian values: Henry IV (1982) and the Plantagenets. Part 3 Heroes and villains; Shakespeare through the looking-glass: Richard II (1973); playing soldiers: Henry V (1975 and 1984); murder in the cathedral: Richard III (1984). Part 4 Shakespeare bastardised; Barton's Bard: the 1974 King John; all is true: the Davies-Edgar Henry VIII (1983); a bastard to the time: King John at the other place (1988).
Robert Shaughnessy is Professor of Theatre at the University of Kent, UK.