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The 1863 Melbourne Shakespeare War: Barry Sullivan, Charles and Ellen Kean, and the Play of Cultural Usurpation on the Australian Stage

Flaherty, Kathryn (Kate); Lamb, Edel


This essay investigates an intricate drama of cultural identity in performances of Shakespeare on the nineteenth-century Melbourne stage. It considers the rivalry between Charles and Ellen Kean and their competitor, Barry Sullivan, for the two-month period in 1863 during which their Australian tours overlapped. This Melbourne Shakespeare war was anticipated, augmented, and richly documented in Melbourne's papers: The Age, The Argus and Melbourne Punch. This essay pursues two seams of inquiry....[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
Source: Australian Studies
Access Rights: Open Access


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