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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CHAPTER FIVE 个 Set Speeches and Soliloquies Taking the Audience with You [ The following actors took part in the program that forms the basis of this chapter : TONY CHURCH , SINEAD CUSACK , JUDI DENCH , SUSAN FLEETWOOD , LISA HARROW ...
hear the audience switching off when an actor launches into some long tirade . The brutal fact is that a set speech in theater can easily be boring . I don't know which is the greater enemy to long purple passages in performance ...
You have to play with the words to give the audience the right information . Ben Kingsley : So that the audience has to be an active listener , not a passive listener . If you are serving them with ambiguous words they cannot just sit ...
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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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