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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I thought you used the verse wonderfully there . You had control and yet a driving rhythm . The verse carried you and yet you weren't tied to it totally . If an actor follows the verse slavishly it can be a bad thing , and if he ignores ...
Yet we need it to carry the impetus of the thought forward , don't we ? Yes . I wish I had a nice helpful definition of what an inflection really is . It of course involves stressing something important . But partly , as Mike's just ...
I thought you found the right mixture of passionate feeling and clarity of thought . If you had driven it more it would have become a nag . Of course the verse helped you , especially those sentences which start at the half - line .
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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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