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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Oh no ! it is an ever - fixed mark That looks on tempests and is never shaken ; It is the star to every wandering bark , Whose worth's unknown although his height be taken . Love's not Time's fool , though rosy lips and cheeks Within ...
You're asking me about things for which I never had any urge or capacity . The most important thing I learned painfully at Cambridge was that I had no aptitude for academic life . I tried to write as a critic but found I couldn't do it ...
I've never killed a man and he is a professional soldier . I've never murdered a man and he does . I've never been married , and so I have to imagine my way into all those aspects of his life by thinking of people I know , or it may be ...
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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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