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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All tongues ( the voice of souls ) give thee that due , Uttering bare truth , even so as foes commend ... Good , that's stage two . You're beginning to make it clear to us and we can begin to follow the argument .
ORSINO : Give me now leave , to leave thee . FESTE : Now the melancholy god protect thee , ... for thy mind is a very opal . I would have men of such constancy put to sea , that their business might be everything and their intent ...
To her in haste ; give her this jewel ; say My love can give no place , bide no denay . The only thing I want to point out about the verse at the end of the scene is how it breaks the mood again . Viola rightly snapped out of it with ...
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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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