Rex Cramphorn and measure for measure, 1973-88

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Minchinton, Mark (2001) Rex Cramphorn and measure for measure, 1973-88. In: O Brave new world: two centuries of Shakespeare on the Australian stage. Golder, John and Madelaine, Richard, eds. Currency Press, Sydney, pp. 200-208.


Rex Cramphorn was one of the country's most influential directors. In a twenty-five-year career as an actor, director, designer and critic, he directed around ninety productions of classical and contemporary plays. He often worked in the large state theatres, and was for a time artistic director of Playbox Theatre, Melbourne. However, at a time when, as Louis Nowra remarked, 'the two main styles of Australian theatre were the English repertory system or the larrikin exuberance of the Pram factory', Cramphorn preferred to work with small ensembles and looked to "Indian theatre and continental Europe' for inspiration. These tendencies were seen in a celebrated production of The Tempest with the Performance Syndicate (TPS, founded in 1969, finally disbanded in 1976), and in many other productions of Shakespeare, as well as French and Jacobean theatre classics.

Item type Book Section
ISBN 0868196134
Subjects Historical > RFCD Classification > 410000 The Arts
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Sport and Exercise Science
Keywords Shakespeare, Rex Cramphorn, Australian theatre, actor, artist
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