John Barrymore, Shakespearean Actor

John Barrymore, Shakespearean Actor

by Michael A. Morrison
     
 

John Barrymore was an original, capable of electrifying audiences with the subtle force and brilliance of his acting. His dynamic portrayals and the groundbreaking innovations of his production team, the director Arthur Hopkins and the designer Robert Edmond Jones, helped revitalize Shakespearean acting and production in America and Great Britain and changed the… See more details below

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John Barrymore was an original, capable of electrifying audiences with the subtle force and brilliance of his acting. His dynamic portrayals and the groundbreaking innovations of his production team, the director Arthur Hopkins and the designer Robert Edmond Jones, helped revitalize Shakespearean acting and production in America and Great Britain and changed the direction of subsequent revivals. In this meticulously researched and richly illustrated book, Michael A. Morrison draws upon newly uncovered sources and firsthand interviews with witnesses who knew the actor or saw him perform. Barrymore's historic performances are brought to life through accounts of the preparations, the productions themselves, and the responses of audiences and critics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521620284
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/28/2014
Series:
Cambridge Studies in American Theatre and Drama Series, #10
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.26(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface and acknowledgements; Part I. Setting the Stage: Prologue: Legacies: 1. The education of an actor, 1882–1919; Part II. The Productions: 2. Richard III, 1920; 3. Hamlet, 1922–4; 4. The London Hamlet, 1925; Part III. Aftermath: 5. Shakespeare in Hollywood, 1925–42; Epilogue; Appendix A. The casts; Appendix B. The texts.

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