Shakespeare in the Theatre

Shakespeare in the Theatre

by Richard David

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Shakespeare in the Theatre by Richard David

Complemented by photographs of individual productions, Mr David's book comprises studies of major English productions of Shakespeare during the 1970s, often detailing how radically some performances have altered in the course of a run. His first concern has been to record, as accurately and comprehensively as possible, those moments in actual performance that have seemed most strikingly to recreate or impair the dramatic effects intended by Shakespeare. Mr David also draws wider conclusions about Shakespeare's art and the art of the theatre in general. He attempts to answer such questions as: what are the main trends and priorities in contemporary Shakespearean production? What conditions are imposed on plays by the nature of theatre and the art of acting? How is performance moulded by dramatic form? What special problems affect the 'translation', for modern spectators, of a classical play written in accordance with forgotten conventions? This book fuses academic and practical approaches to drama.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521284905
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 08/31/1981
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. The art of the theatre; 2. Drama as opera; 3. New lamps for old; 4. What has happened: now read on; 5. The problem of Hamlet; 6. The parties themselves, the actors; 7. A pair of star-crossed lovers; 8. Reality and artifice; 9. Antike Romans; 10. The director clarifies; 11. Falstaff and the House of Lancaster; 12. Two comedies translated; 13. Conclusions.

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