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Shakespeare's Plays in Performance

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(Applause Acting Series). John Russell Brown demonstrates just how much is in Shakespeare's texts; how the language is awakened, colored, emphasized, sensualized and extended in performance. Shakespeare's intended readers were his collaborators, not his commentators. Brown invites all Shakespeare lovers to seek their insights in Shakespeare's natural habitat: the stage.

A former Associate Director for London's National Theatre invites readers to behold the fuller meaning of Shakespearean text as ...

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Overview

(Applause Acting Series). John Russell Brown demonstrates just how much is in Shakespeare's texts; how the language is awakened, colored, emphasized, sensualized and extended in performance. Shakespeare's intended readers were his collaborators, not his commentators. Brown invites all Shakespeare lovers to seek their insights in Shakespeare's natural habitat: the stage.

A former Associate Director for London's National Theatre invites readers to behold the fuller meaning of Shakespearean text as played, inviting them to seek their insights in Shakespeare's natural habitat: the stage. Includes considerations of recent productions at the Hartford Stage, Theatre for a New Audience, and the New York Shakespeare Festival.

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Library Journal
Brown's 1966 volume here is expanded to include four additional chapters covering such items as the nature of speech in the plays and the theatrical element of Shakespeare criticism. The author also offers commentary on contemporary interpretations by Dustin Hoffman, Antony Sher, and others. Performing arts and drama collections will want a copy.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557831361
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Publication date: 1/28/1993
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 258
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Plates
Acknowledgements
Note on the Third Edition of 1993
Introduction
1 Verbal Drama 1
2 Acting 16
3 Gestures and Business 32
4 Subtext 42
5 Shakespearian Actors 59
6 Creating a Role: Shylock 63
7 Playing for Laughs: the Last Plays 86
8 Interplay 108
9 Narrative and Focus: Richard II 133
10 Setting, Grouping, Movement and Tempo: Hamlet 149
11 Stage Shows 168
12 Plays in Performance 187
App. i. The Theatrical Element of Shakespeare Criticism 197
App. ii. The Nature of Speech in Shakespeare's Plays 210
Notes 225
Index 233
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