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Great Shakespeare Actors

Author : Stanley Wells
ISBN : 9780198703297
Genre : Drama
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Great Shakespeare Actors offers a series of essays on great Shakespeare actors from his time to ours, starting by asking whether Shakespeare himself was the first--the answer is No--and continuing with essays on the men and women who have given great stage performances in his plays from Elizabethan times to our own. They include both English and American performers such as David Garrick, Sarah Siddons, Charlotte Cushman, Ira Aldridge, Edwin Booth, Henry Irving, Ellen Terry, Edith Evans, Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud, Ralph Richardson, Peggy Ashcroft, Janet Suzman, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, and Kenneth Branagh. Individual chapters tell the story of their subjects' careers, but together these overlapping tales combine to offer a succinct, actor-centred history of Shakespearian theatrical performance. Stanley Wells examines what it takes to be a great Shakespeare actor and then offers a concise sketch of each actor's career in Shakespeare, an assessment of their specific talents and claims to greatness, and an account, drawing on contemporary reviews, biographies, anecdotes, and, for some of the more recent actors, the author's personal memories of their most notable performances in Shakespeare roles.
Category: Drama

Then Came Each Actor

Author : Bernard D. N. Grebanier
ISBN : UOM:39015066086565
Genre : Actors
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Category: Actors

A Shakespearean Actor Prepares

Author : Adrian Brine
ISBN : 1575251892
Genre : Drama
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Shakespeare knew more than any other playwright about the art of acting and the art of theater; practitioners affirm this. While creating superhuman characters and setting them in situations that stretch the imagination to its limits, he also provided his actors with the keys to playing them. A Shakespearean Actor Prepares reveals these keys. There is no general consensus about how Shakespeare "should" be played: there are no rules. This book is not concerned with arriving, but with setting out. It will point out the sources of energy in his plays, which, if tapped, will galvanize an actor's fantasy and liberate his talent.
Category: Drama

Acting In Shakespeare

Author : Robert Cohen
ISBN : UCSC:32106018558954
Genre : Drama
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". . .an excellent basic guide for anyone who likes to get behind the scenes, be it the actor who performs or the student who studies Shakespeare's script as a literary text." THE SHAKESPEARE NEWSLETTERActing in Shakespeare helps actors at all levels develop the skills they need to perform in Shakespearean plays. Lessons proceed in carefully graduated steps from simple, single lines to short speeches to more difficult, sophisticated scenes. A wealth of historical information and insightful descriptions of Shakespearean times and players bring Shakespeare's work within the actor's reach. Abundant exercises build gradually in difficulty, giving student actors confidence that they can act in Shakespeare. Exercises are appropriate not only for use in the classroom but also for independent study. Actors often find Shakespearean language and customs unusual and intimidating. Acting in Shakespeare relates Shakespearean acting to real-life, contemporary situations and common acting theory, helping actors realize that performing Shakespeare is well within their grasp."Acting in Shakespeare is difficult. . . . His verse is not the language of our everyday American speech; the costumes in which he visualized his characters are not the clothing of everyday American life. Playing Shakespeare may mean living in a very different world from the one we normally inhabit." Robert Cohen, from the Preface"By book's end, students can reasonably be expected to be comfortable and confident with Shakespeare's demands. . . . [His] chapter on physicalizing Shakespeare contains a number of stimulating exercises (Cohen's strength as an acting teacher). . . . Cohen helps students apply his lessons: I can't imagine a group of students not being enthralled by Cohen's ingenious concept. . . . Acting in Shakespeare is so readily accessible and full of such "do-able" exercises that it should be a staple of period style classes for years to come." THEATRE JOURNAL
Category: Drama

Shakespeare Actors And Audiences

Author : Fiona Banks
ISBN : 9781474257930
Genre : Drama
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Shakespeare: Actors and Audiences brings together the voices of those who make productions of Shakespeare come to life. It shines a spotlight on the relationship between actors and audiences and explores the interplay that makes each performance unique. We know much about theatre in Shakespeare's time but very little about the audiences who attended his plays. Even today the audience's voice remains largely ignored. This volume places the role of the audience at the centre of how we understand Shakespeare in performance. Part One offers an overview of the best current audience research and provides a critical framework for the interviews and testimony of leading actors, theatre makers and audience members that follow in Part Two, including Juliet Stevenson and Emma Rice. Shakespeare: Actors and Audiences offers a fascinating insight into the world of theatre production and of the relationship between actor and audience that lies at the heart of theatre-making.
Category: Drama

John Barrymore Shakespearean Actor

Author : Michael A. Morrison
ISBN : 0521629799
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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John Barrymore's Richard III and Hamlet, first seen in New York during the 1919-20 and 1922-23 seasons, stand as high-water marks of twentieth-century Shakespearean interpretation. Michael Morrison reconstructs these historic performances through analysis of the production preparation, audience response, reviews, and memoirs. Tracing the Victorian and Edwardian antecedents of Shakespearean performance, this book situates Barrymore's distinctive contribution in light of past and ensuing tradition. As well, it provides a biographical sketch of one of the most revered and tragic actors of the twentieth century. "This young artist, profiting by the lessons of tradition...casts it boldly aside and emerges into the rarefied atmosphere of a new art, greater because it is new, stronger because it is built upon an old foundation." Brooklyn Times, March 9, 1920
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Shakespeare In Sable

Author : Errol Hill
ISBN : UOM:39076000892641
Genre : African American actors
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Category: African American actors

Shakespeare On Page And Stage

Author : Stanley Wells
ISBN : 9780198786542
Genre : Literary Collections
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This volume presents a winning selection of the very best essays from the long and distinguished career of Stanley Wells, one of the most well-known and respected Shakespeare scholars in the world. Wells's accomplishments include editing the entire canon of Shakespeare plays for the ground-breaking Oxford Shakespeare and over his lifetime, Wells has made significant contributions to debates over literary criticism of the works, genre study, textual theory, Shakespeare's afterlife in the theatre, and contemporary performance. The volume is introduced by Peter Holland and its thirty chapters are divided into themed sections: "Shakespearian Influences," "Essays on Particular Works," "Shakespeare in the Theatre," and "Shakespeare's Text." An afterword by Margreta de Grazia concludes the volume.
Category: Literary Collections

The Routledge Companion To Actors Shakespeare

Author : John Russell Brown
ISBN : 9781136720376
Genre : Drama
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The Routledge Companion to Actors’ Shakespeare is a window onto how today’s actors contribute to the continuing life and relevance of Shakespeare’s plays. The process of acting is notoriously hard to document, but this volume reaches behind famous performances to examine the actors’ craft, their development and how they engage with playtexts. Each chapter relies upon privilieged access to its subject to offer an unparalleled insight into contemporary practice. This volume explores the techniques, interpretive approaches and performance styles of the following actors: Simon Russell Beale, Sinead Cusack, Judi Dench, Kate Duchene, Colm Feore, Mariah Gale, John Harrell, Greg Hicks, Rory Kinnear, Kevin Kline, Adrian Lester, Marcelo Magni, Ian McKellen, Patrice Naiambana, Vanessa Redgrave, Piotr Semak, Anthony Sher, Jonathan Slinger, Kate Valk, Harriet Walter This twin volume to The Routledge Companion to Directors’ Shakespeare is an essential work for both actors and students of Shakespeare.
Category: Drama

Edinburgh Companion To Shakespeare And The Arts

Author : Mark Thornton Burnett
ISBN : 9780748649341
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This authoritative and innovative volume explores the place of Shakespeare in relation to a wide range of artistic practices and activities, past and present.
Category: Literary Criticism

Secrets Of Acting Shakespeare

Author : Patrick Tucker
ISBN : 9781135862268
Genre : Performing Arts
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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.
Category: Performing Arts

Thinking Shakespeare Revised Edition

Author : Barry Edelstein
ISBN : 9781559368902
Genre : Performing Arts
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Thinking Shakespeare gives theater artists practical advice about how to make Shakespeare’s words feel spontaneous, passionate, and real. Based on Barry Edelstein’s thirty-year career directing Shakespeare’s plays, this book provides the tools that artists need to fully understand and express the power of Shakespeare’s language.
Category: Performing Arts

Playing Shakespeare

Author : John Barton
ISBN : 9780713687736
Genre : Drama
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A highly readable approach to unlocking Shakespeare's texts, with an accompanying DVD illustrating the approaches taken by leading actors.
Category: Drama

Shakespeare S Advice To The Players

Author : Peter Hall
ISBN : 9781849433556
Genre : Performing Arts
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This is the ebook edition of Peter Hall's best-selling guide to acting Shakespeare that has sold over 10,000 copies. This is a new edition for a new generation – compact and concise with the facts, the way modern students and actors need it. The pay off the book according to Sir Peter is simple – it will make you a better actor! Shakespeare tells the actor when to go fast and when to go slow; when to pause, when to come in on cue and when to accent a word. His text is full of such clues. Shakespeare heard the lines as he wrote them. Shakespeare’s Advice to the Players makes watching or reading Shakespeare a richer experience, for audiences as well as actors.
Category: Performing Arts

On Playing Shakespeare

Author : Leigh Woods
ISBN : UOM:49015001278358
Genre : Performing Arts
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Anyone wanting to learn or learn more about acting or staging Shakespeare will find in Wood's collection a much-needed treasury of useful instruction from past Shakespearean players. It will enrich future interpretation and performance. Here are John Barrymore, Ellen Terry, Edwin Booth, and others writing about casting, reading the play, memorizing, research, interpretation, rehearsal, and performance. An early section deals with essentials such as qualifications for the stage, voice and diction, ease and polish, and more. Most important, the actors' differing reactions to the same role are placed side-by-side for clear contrast and study.
Category: Performing Arts

Ira S Shakespeare Dream

Author : Glenda Armand
ISBN : 1620141558
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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"A biography chronicling the life of Ira Aldridge, an African American actor who is considered to be one of the greatest Shakespearean actors of the nineteenth century. Includes afterword and author's sources"--
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Acting From Shakespeare S First Folio

Author : Don Weingust
ISBN : 9781135864101
Genre : Drama
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Acting from Shakespeare's First Folio examines a series of techniques for reading and performing Shakespeare's plays that are based on the texts of the first ‘complete’ volume of Shakespeare's works: the First Folio of 1623. Do extra syllables in a line suggest how it might be played? Can Folio commas reveal character? Don Weingust places this work on Folio performance possibility within current understandings about Shakespearean text, describing ways in which these challenging theories about acting often align quite nicely with the work of the theories' critics. As part of this study, Weingust looks at the work of Patrick Tucker and his London-based Original Shakespeare Company, who have sought to discover the opportunities in using First Folio texts, acting techniques, and what they consider to be original Shakespearean performance methodologies. Weingust argues that their experimental performances at the Globe on Bankside have revealed enhanced possibilities not only for performing Shakespeare, but for theatrical practice in general.
Category: Drama

Speaking The Speech

Author : Giles Block
ISBN : 1848421915
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Throughout the book, the author subjects Shakespeare's language to rigorous examination, illuminating his extraordinary ability to bring his characters to life by a simple turn of phrase, a breath or even a pause. Block shows how we can only fully understand these characters, and the meaning of the plays, by speaking the words out loud. Drawing on characters from across all of Shakespeare's plays - and looking in detail at Macbeth, The Winter's Tale, Hamlet, The Merchant of Venice and Much Ado About Nothing Block covers everything the actor needs to know, including: the essential distinctions between prose, rhymed verse and unrhymed verse, and the different strategies to be used when speaking them; the difference between 'you' and 'thou'; Shakespeare's use of silence; and the vital importance of paying attention to Shakespeare's 'original' punctuation. Speaking the Speech is a book for actors and directors who want to improve their understanding of Shakespeare's language in order to speak it better. It is also a fascinating read for anyone who wants to deepen their appreciation of Shakespeare's language and the way it comes to life when spoken aloud.
Category: Literary Criticism

Acting Shakespeare S Language

Author : Andy Hinds
ISBN : 1783190086
Genre : Performing Arts
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Focusing on the "acting of the text" rather than technical voice work, this new manual lucidly outlines numerous key, practical guidelines to speaking and acting Shakespeare's work. Concise and accessible, this handbook is essential for all student and actors hoping to understand Shakespeare's texts and to accurately and successful portray them on stage.
Category: Performing Arts


Author : William Shakespeare
ISBN : 0393923266
Genre : Drama
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A tragedy that evokes both pity and terror—now in a thoroughly revised and updated Norton Critical Edition.
Category: Drama