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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BRUTUS ( Ben Kingsley ) : Romans , countrymen and lovers , hear me for my cause , and be silent , that you may hear . Believe me for mine honour , and have respect to mine honour , that you may believe . Censure me in your wisdom ...
When I read a line , I can often half hear it being spoken in my head . What I hear is at once poetic and very real and human . I have long realized that this is a dangerous quirk in a director , because it makes me long to get an actor ...
Ben Kingsley : Well , let me hear it . I find often that the objective side of a speech is unlocked when I hear somebody else say it . It remains subjective if I myself say it and I mustn't listen to myself anyway .
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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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