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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How can an actor make the audience feel the story is still moving forward in a long speech and is therefore worth listening to ? Here , even more than elsewhere , he must be deeply inside the situation . As we stressed at the very ...
They kept the speech moving forward . You made us listen and you certainly moved me . I shall come back to this question of balancing text and emotion later . The point I want to make here is that in a set speech the actor always needs ...
AUFIDIUS ( Ben Kingsley ) : I was moved withal . Coriolanus : V.3 . Aufidius's reply is so brief that it's hard to be certain of his intention . Clearly it's very ambiguous . He was moved , but he puts it dryly and stands outside his ...
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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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