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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RICHARD : He that bereft thee , lady , of thy husband Did it to help thee to a better husband . ANNE : His better doth not breathe upon the earth . RICHARD : He lives , that loves thee better than he could . ANNE : Name him .
Perhaps it would be better to use a phrase of Shakespeare's and talk of " setting the word against the word . ” In the sentence we've just heard , “ in the mind to suffer ” is set against " to take arms , ” and “ by opposing " is set ...
Sometime the flood prevails , and then the wind ; Now one the better , then another best ; Both tugging to be victors , breast to breast , Yet neither conqueror nor conquered ; So is the equal poise of this fell war ... O God !
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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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