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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... JANE LAPOTAIRE BARBARA LEIGH - HUNT IAN MCKELLEN RICHARD PASCO MICHAEL PENNINGTON ROGER REES NORMAN RODWAY DONALD SINDEN PATRICK STEWART DAVID SUCHET MICHAEL WILLIAMS Foreword The young man with the Renaissance face was John.
CHAPTER THREE +3+ Language and Character Making the Words One's Own [ The following actors took part in the program that forms the basis of this chapter : SINEAD CUSACK , LISA HARROW , BEN KINGSLEY , MICHAEL PENNINGTON , ROGER REES ...
Michael Williams : I think this particular speech relies very much on the army and their reactions to what he says . It would be a help if we could get the audience to heckle me a bit . And perhaps the other actors can come and do some ...
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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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