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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Hence Lear's opening kick comes in the form of benevolent Parent and his social action is to divide his kingdom . ' However , his object is ulterior and comes from his Cathected Child ... » From an article by Arthur Wagner in Tulane ...
Still methinks There is an air comes from her . What fine chisel Could ever yet cut breath ? Let no man mock me , For I will kiss her . PAULINA : Good my lord , forbear . You'll mar it if you kiss it ; ... Shall I draw the curtain ?
But we've come now to what is probably the most important verse question in the scene . It's a question we've raised before but not for some time . What do you do when a new sentence or a new speech begins halfway through the line ?
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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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