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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We will try to distinguish between what is clearly and objectively so and what is highly subjective . I hope that if I'm too dogmatic the actors will challenge me . I should also make it clear what I'm not talking about .
“ Brutus is an honourable man ” is about as simple and clear a piece of irony as anything in Shakespeare . But I thought , Mike , you could go further with it . One way of making the irony clear to the audience is by putting the ironic ...
You're beginning to make it clear to us and we can begin to follow the argument . But now let's bring in the irony , because it isn't clear yet what the speaker is actually doing . Remember that you're mocking somebody .
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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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