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Playing Shakespeare an Actor's Guide

by John Barton

  • ISBN: 9780385720854
  • ISBN10: 0385720858

Playing Shakespeare an Actor's Guide

by John Barton

  • List Price: $15.95
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Edition: 1
  • Publisher: Random House Inc
  • Publish date: 08/01/2001
  • ISBN: 9780385720854
  • ISBN10: 0385720858
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Description: A modern classic, John Barton's guide to acting Shakespeare fulfills a need expressed by actors for a book to help them handle Shakespeare's texts, particularly his verse. There is no better approach to playing Shakespeare than this volume. The book was originally written to accompany a series of nine televised masterclasses, which featured well-known Royal Shakespeare Company actors, among them Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart and David Suchet. Those masterclasses are still distributed on video around the world and are found in many university libraries; the book remains the major tie-in volume.

In the first half of the book John Barton analyzes how Shakespeare's texts actually work, examining the use of verse and prose, set speeches and soliloquies, the interaction in the dialogue, and how characters are conceived through words. In the second half Barton concentrates on more subjective areas such as irony and ambiguity, passion and coolness, tragedy and comedy, poetry and more extended uses of language in the context of the key plays.

Essential for actors and scholars, "Playing Shakespeare" also serves as a valuable aid to teachers and students working on Shakespeare's plays in the classroom.

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