Dr. Rob Conkie is the Program Director for Drama at the University of Winchester in the United Kingdom. He earned his doctorate from the University of Southampton. His main research interests are Shakespeare in performance, commedia dell’arte and popular theatre, and radical re-interpretations of canonical works.2006 0-7734-5724-0
Analyzes performances at the reconstructed Globe Theatre in London between 1996 and 2004 through a focus on the new Globe’s most defining characteristic: authenticity. In that this concept of authenticity reverberates so urgently with debates about identity – from national to personal, heritage-centered to technologically-mediated – the book addresses both the question of why authenticity has become so crucial in late twentieth and early twenty-first century Britain and it further considers what productions of the ‘authentic Shakespeare’ at the new Globe have to say about contemporary identities.