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

Hackett, H; Arshad, Y; Whipday, E; (2015) Daniel’s Cleopatra and Lady Anne Clifford: From a Jacobean Portrait to Modern Performance. Early Theatre , 18 (2) pp. 167-186. 10.12745/et.18.2.2548. Green open access

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Abstract

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, 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.

Type: Article
Title: Daniel’s Cleopatra and Lady Anne Clifford: From a Jacobean Portrait to Modern Performance
Location: Canada
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.12745/et.18.2.2548
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.12745/et.18.2.2548
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © Early Theatre 2015.
Keywords: Early modern drama, Lady Anne Clifford, Samuel Daniel, women and drama, Cleopatra
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Dept of English Lang and Literature
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > SELCS
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1469810
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