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Transatlantic Translations and Transactions: Lars Schmidt and the Implementation of Post-War American Theatre in Europe
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Musicology and Performance Studies, Musicology and Performance Studies.
2013 (English)In: Theatre journal (Washington, D.C.), ISSN 0192-2882, E-ISSN 1086-332X, Vol. 65, no 1, 19-37 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Contributing to an intercultural understanding of American and European theatre in the post-war era, this essay explores the significance of the Swedish publisher and producer Lars Schmidt for the introduction and spread of U.S. plays and musicals on his side of the Atlantic. Schmidt’s innovative publishing strategies and production methods in addition to his skills as a cultural translator made works like The Glass Menagerie, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and My Fair Lady commercially viable and intelligible to audiences in various national contexts. In the process, he was largely responsible for the emergence of the individual producer in Europe, a position that was perceived as foreign and at times vehemently dismissed as too commercial and too American.

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2013. Vol. 65, no 1, 19-37 p.
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Lars Schmidt, post-war American theatre, Tennessee Williams in Europe, producer, cultural translation
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Performing Arts
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Theatre Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-88864ISI: 000316524100003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-88864DiVA: diva2:614257
Available from: 2013-04-03 Created: 2013-04-03 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved

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