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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Yes , they didn't have the word “ motivation ” but Hamlet does talk about having " the motive and the cue for passion . " Alan Howard : I think that ... and they probably used words much more sensually , almost eating words .
So you , David , need those words to cheer up and send up Antonio . ... We can use any word we want to describe the idea of inventing a phrase at the very moment it is uttered . The vital thing is that the speaker must need the phrase .
CHAPTER THREE +3+ Language and Character Making the Words One's Own [ The following actors took part in the program that forms the basis of this chapter : SINEAD CUSACK , LISA HARROW , BEN KINGSLEY , MICHAEL PENNINGTON , ROGER REES ...
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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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