The Performance Reception of Frogs in the English Language, Past and Potential

Daniel Goad

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

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This thesis is an analysis of the performance reception of Aristophanes’ Frogs across the English-speaking world; in which I include Britain, North America, Africa and Australasia. It will draw on the growing trend of performance reception as a branch of Classical Reception, approaching the material from both a classical and dramatic outlook.

Following an introduction which outlines the methodology, models and background literature, Chapter One outlines the academic reception of the play in the 20th and 21st centuries, drawing out key themes that have been interpreted as being within the play. Chapter Two discusses transmission and translation of the play, following the manuscript’s journey from ancient Athens to modern day English translations. Chapter Three discusses reflections on the play, that is other plays that are not direct adaptations, but can be seen to have been influenced by it in some way. Chapters Four, Five, Six and Seven focus on the theatrical reception of the play, divided geographically. Chapter three therefore focuses on Britain, chapter four North America and chapter six Africa and Australasia. Chapter five focuses solely on the most influential and high-profile adaptation, the 2004 Broadway version with music by Stephen Sondheim. These chapters draw patterns throughout the performance reception, both within individual geographical areas and across the thesis as a whole. Trends include politics, staging, music and the pedagogical interest in performing Frogs.

The thesis will conclude with a short conclusion reiterating the general themes and trends seen throughout.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Lowe, Nick, Supervisor
Award date1 Jan 2019
Publication statusUnpublished - 2018


  • aristophanes
  • Classics Reception
  • Classics
  • Theatre
  • Greek Drama
  • Comedy

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