An introductory guide to King Lear in performance offering a scene-by-scene theatrically aware commentary, contextual documents, a brief history of the text and first performances, case studies of key productions, a survey of film and TV adaptations, a sampling of critical opinion and annotated further reading.
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JOHN RUSSELL BROWN is Honorary Professor at University College London, UK, and has held chairs of English and Theatre in bothEngland and the USA, directed plays in student and professional theatres, and was Associate Director of the Royal National Theatre. His previous publications include Shakespeare: The Tragedies, Shakespeare and the Theatrical Event and Shakespeare Dancing, all of which are published by Palgrave Macmillan.
Table of ContentsGeneral Editor's Preface.- Preface.- Acknowledgements.- Texts andEarly Performances.- Commentary.- The Play's Sources and Cultural Context.- Key Productions and Performances.- The Play on Screen.- Critical Assessments.- Further Reading.- Index.
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This is an excellent guide, written with John Russell Brown's characteristic wisdom, his distinguished scholarship and acute perception.' - Peter Holland, Notre Dame University, USA