Secrets of Acting Shakespeare: The Original Approach

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Secrets of Acting Shakespeare isn't a book that gently instructs. It's a passionate, yes-you-can designed to prove that anybody can act Shakespeare. By explaining how Elizabethan actors had only their own lines and not entire playscripts, Patrick Tucker shows how much these plays work by ear. Secrets of Acting Shakespeare is a book for actors trained and amateur, as well as for anyone curious about how the Elizabethan theater worked.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780878300952
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Patrick Tucker is Director of London's Original Shakespeare Company. He is on the board of the Globe Theatre, London.

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Table of Contents

The Question 1
The Research 3
Starting Off 3
Rehearsals 4
Preparations in Shakespeare's Time 6
Parts Played in One Afternoon 16
The Evidence 17
The Tomb Scene from The Tragedie of Romeo and Juliet 17
Rosalind, Celia - and the Duke 24
Viola, the Captaine - and the Saylors 28
Original Elizabethan Language 30
The Experiment 37
Geiger 37
Cue Script Productions 37
The Performances 43
Actors' Responses 189
The Secrets 197
Prose and Poetry 197
Simple and Complex 201
Modes of Address 203
Iambic Pentameters 207
Lineage 211
Verbal Conceits 212
Obedience to the Text 218
The Folio 223
The Folio Secrets 229
Folio Capitalization 232
Folio Lineage 236
Folio Punctuation 240
Folio Spelling 250
Understanding Through Acting 257
The OSC Checklist 259
Epilogue 269
App. 1 Genealogical Table from Henry II to Edward III 271
App. 2 Genealogical Table from Edward III to James I 273
App. 3 Folio and Quarto versions of Romeo 277
Bibliography 279
Index 281
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