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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The heightened language so obviously has a dramatic purpose here . It's not just poetic because it's Shakespeare : the character needs that language to handle the situation and to kindle his soldiers . This is an obvious and extreme ...
language and started to make it work on your audience , show us more of what the character himself feels . ” Not necessarily what he is , but what he feels : his anger and bitterness and sense of outrage have of course got to go into it ...
the language and then we went to the intentions . You solved it beautifully the second time because you came in under great pressure and with a great need to tell us about what you'd seen . And so you found your intention and it made ...
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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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