(p. 121), exemplifies the hermeneutic potential of the way the best historians have traditionally gone about their business. Despite its unassuming title, this book deserves a wider audience than many specialised monographs. Wilfrid Prest University of Adelaide Gurr, Andrew, The Shakespeare Company: 1594-1642, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2004; cloth; pp xvi, 339; 27 b/w illustrations; R.R.P. AUS$150.00; ISBN 0521807301. Over several decades Professor Gurr has made a considerable contribution to our understanding of the context of playing in Shakespeare's time. The most obvious form this has taken is a wealth of articles and his various books, including: The Shakespearean Stage, 1576 -1642; Playgoing in Shakespeare's London and The Shakespearean Playing Companies. Another equally important contribution, for modern playgoer and academic alike, is the New Globe theatre on the London Bankside. In the United Kingdom Gurr was the great academic champion of this reconstruction and both the theatre itself and its related exhibition benefit from his scholarly efforts. I mention this here to suggest that his interest in Shakespeare has always emphasized the practical aspects of playing. He understands that it was the particular contexts the size and shape of the stage, the nature of the audience, the
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