Playing Shakespeare: An Actor's Guide
Now in its first American edition, Playing Shakespeare is the premier guide to understanding and appreciating the mastery of the world's greatest playwright.
Together with Royal Shakespeare Company actors–among them Patrick Stewart, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, Ben Kingsley, and David Suchet–John Barton demonstrates how to adapt Elizabethan theater for the modern stage. The director begins by explicating Shakespeare's verse and prose, speeches and soliloquies, and naturalistic and heightened language to discover the essence of his characters. In the second section, Barton and the actors explore nuance in Shakespearean theater, from evoking irony and ambiguity and striking the delicate balance of passion and profound intellectual thought, to finding new approaches to playing Shakespeare's most controversial creation, Shylock, from The Merchant of Venice. A practical and essential guide, Playing Shakespeare will stand for years as the authoritative favorite among actors, scholars, teachers, and students.
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Lisa Harrow : There's another kind of direction by Shakespeare here . What about the shared verse lines ? “ Therefore lay bare your bosom / Ay his breast . ” Portia begins the verse - line but Shylock finishes it .
Lisa Harrow : But what do we mean by inflection ? We often talk of upward and downward inflection but ... Michael Pennington : It's the shortest possible route between the speaker and the audience , isn't it ?
Lisa Harrow : No , not at all . Ben Kingsley : Not to my taste , not to my ear , no . Roger Rees : It was like a fruitcake stuffed with lots of different ingredients . Lisa Harrow : But there was this amazing thread that went right the ...
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Walking the boards in a play by the Bard can be one of the most rewarding and frightening experiences of an actor's life. Drawing on 35 years' experience as associate director of the Royal Shakespeare ... Read full review
The Two Traditions Elizabethan and Modern Acting
Using the Verse Heightened and Naturalistic Verse
Language and Character Making the Words Ones Own
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