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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Or is there a reason behind it which might be helpful for an actor to know about ? I think there's always a specific reason in a given instance , though it's almost impossible to define it or make general rules about it .
MARCUS ( John Barton ) : But yet let reason govern thy lament . TITUS : If there were reason for these miseries , Then into limits could I bind my woes : When heaven doth weep , doth not the earth o'erflow ? If the winds rage , doth not ...
... Past reason hunted ; and no sooner had , Past reason hated , as a swallow'd bait On purpose laid to make the taker mad , Mad in pursuit , and in possession so , Had , having , and in quest to have , extreme ; A bliss in proof ...
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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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