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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HUBERT : He shall not live . KING Enough . King John : 111.3 . So how do you think Shakespeare is using the verse there ? Patrick Stewart : Well , what we've got are two verse lines . Though the first one's only got one word in it ...
Go , Hercules ; Live thou , I live . With much , much more dismay I view the fight than thou that mak'st the fray . There's a huge difference , isn't there ? But in the second speech Portia isn't just switching into romantic language ...
... point by point , Thereby to see the minutes how they run : How many makes the hour full complete , How many hours brings about the day , How many days will finish up the year , How many years a mortal man may live .
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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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