New Sites For Shakespeare: Theatre, the Audience, and Asia / Edition 1

New Sites For Shakespeare: Theatre, the Audience, and Asia / Edition 1

by John Russell Brown
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415194504

ISBN-13: 9780415194501

Pub. Date: 01/28/1999

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

In the course of exploring the theatrical cultures of South and East Asia, eminent Shakespeareanist John Russell Brown developed some remarkable theories about the nature of performance, the state of Western 'Theatre' today, and the future potential of Shakespeare's plays.
In New Sites for Shakespeare he outlines his passionate belief in the power of

Overview

In the course of exploring the theatrical cultures of South and East Asia, eminent Shakespeareanist John Russell Brown developed some remarkable theories about the nature of performance, the state of Western 'Theatre' today, and the future potential of Shakespeare's plays.
In New Sites for Shakespeare he outlines his passionate belief in the power of theatre to reach mass audiences, based on his experiences of popular Asian performances. It is a personal polemic, but it is also a carefully argued and brilliantly persuasive study of the kind of theatrical experience Shakespeare's own contemporaries enjoyed.
This is a book which cannot be ignored by anyone who cares about the live performing arts today. Separate chapters consider staging, acting, improvisation, ceremonies and ritual, and an analysis of the experience of the audience is paramount throughout.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415194501
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
01/28/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

TABLE OF CONTENTS

List of Plates

Introduction

PART ONE: VISITING

I. Open Stages: presence and occasion

II. Audiences: onstage and off-stage

III. Ritual: action and meaning

IV. Ceremony: behaviour and reception

V. Performance: imagination and involvement

VI. Improvisation: freedom and collusion

VII. Response: actors and audiences

VIII. Settings: actors and stages

PART TWO: RETURNING

IX. Criticism: texts and study

X. Control:

directors and companies

XI. Scenography: theatres and design

XII. Actors: training and performance

Forward Prospect

Notes

Index

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