Performing Shakespeare's Tragedies Today: The Actor's Perspective

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Michael Dobson
Cambridge University Press, Nov 30, 2006 - Drama - 144 pages
What does it mean to perform Shakespeare's Elizabethan and Jacobean tragedies in the modern theatre? This book brings together the reflections of a number of major classical actors on how these works can most powerfully be realized for today's audiences. Concentrating on the 'great' tragedies - Hamlet, Othello, Macbeth and King Lear - the actors offer unique insights into some of the most demanding and rewarding roles in world drama, by showing what it is like to play them on stage. Ten perceptive and articulate performers reflect on their experiences of ten major roles: the Ghost, Gertrude and Hamlet; Iago, Emilia and Othello; Lady Macbeth and Macbeth; Lear's Fool, and King Lear. Together, these essays provide a peculiarly intimate set of trade secrets about what techniques, ideas and memories actors may use when approaching tragic roles in Shakespeare's most challenging plays.
 

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Contents

Gertrude IMOGEN STUBBS
29
Iago ANTONY SHER
57
Lady Macbeth
95
Macbeth SIMON RUSSELL BEALE
107
Lears Fool JOHN NORMINGTON
121
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Michael Dobson is Professor of Shakespeare Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London.

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