A handy reference to 20 major plays by William Shakespeare and his lesser-performed works. A guide to famous speeches and quotations and making sense of Elizabethan English. A look at how the plays have been staged, from the earliest playhouses to contemporary auditoriums. Tips on popular and acclaimed film and audio versions.
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Shakespeare was at the forefront of Western show business. (Most Americans don’t think about Shakespeare as a highly talented entrepreneur – they think of him as the author of plays they couldn’t get excited about in school.) Most of us love the idea of going backstage on Broadway or going behind the scenes to learn how movies and documentaries are made. This book brings you closer to the heady world of freelance playwriting and the London playhouses of the 1590s. It also lends insight into decisions that today’s theatre people make while acting and staging Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, The Merchant of Venice, Othello, Hamlet, and Macbeth, to name a few.
Remember - Shakespearean theatre is a social art form.
This guide focuses on the essence of the spoken word of Shakespeare's plays rather than simply dissecting them. It also explores the cultural and historical contexts for the major plays, offering the director’s and actor’s perspective in addition to that of the scholar and close reader.
• Each major play is explored in depth, explaining Shakespearean terms
• Offers commentary on the experience of each play on and off stage with attention to language and verse
• Appendixes include Shakespeare’s likely collaborations, a glossary, suggested further reading, and resources for viewing live performances and video/audio recordings
• Perfect for students, general readers, theatergoers, and actors