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

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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

List of Plates
Acknowledgements
Introduction1
Pt. IVisiting5
1Open Stages: presence and occasion7
2Audiences: on stage and off stage29
3Ritual: action and meaning43
4Ceremony: behaviour and reception53
5Performance: imagination and involvement71
6Improvisation: freedom and collusion91
7Response: actors and audiences103
8Settings: actors and stages121
Pt. IIReturning137
9Criticism: texts and study139
10Control: directors and companies144
11Scenography: theatres and design162
12Actors: training and performance173
Forward prospect190
Notes200
Index206

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