A highly engaging text that approaches Shakespeare as a maker of theatre, as well as a writer of literature. Leading performance critics dismantle Shakespeare's texts, identifying theatrical cues in ways which develop understanding of the underlying theatricality of Shakespeare's plays and stimulate further performances.
|Publisher:||Macmillan Education UK|
|Product dimensions:||5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Table of ContentsPreface;B.Escolme&S.Hampton-Reeves.- Textual Clues and Performance Choices;M.J.Kidnie.- Openings;P.Holland.- Entrances & Exits;R.Conkie.- Endings;P.Prescott.- Visual Scores;C.Carson.- Props;F.Karim-Cooper.- Talking Heads;C.Chillington Rutter.- Costume;B.Escolme.- Fighting;S.Hampton-Reeves.- Audiences;S.Werner.- Sound;P.A.Skantze.- Silence;R.Shaughnessy.- Afterword;J.R.Brown.- Bibliography.- Index.
What People are Saying About This
Twelve contributed essays and afterword by John Russell Brown add up to a remarkably coherent and useful treatment of multiple aspects of theater art in Shakespeare's plays and specific productions. All of the contributors are apparently avid theatergoers with elevated powers of observation and analysis. Seven photographs, an excellent bibliography, and separate indexes to the plays and productions enhance the book's appeal for a range of audiences. Highly recommended reading.' - Choice
'The editors have assembled a formidable team of world-class experts, whose command of the field, after decades of thinking, is so confident that they can present truly original ideas about the most basic issues – how does a play begin, how many doors does the play require, what costumes should be worn? This maturity makes for lucid, relaxed, and accessible reading … it will be recommended reading in performance studies for years to come.' - Richard Wilson, Professor of Shakespeare Studies, Kingston University, UK