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by John Barton
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0385720858, Paperback)Now in its first American edition, Playing Shakespeare is the premier guide to understanding and appreciating the mastery of the world’s greatest playwright.
Together with Royal Shakespeare Company actors–among them Patrick Stewart, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, Ben Kingsley, and David Suchet–John Barton demonstrates how to adapt Elizabethan theater for the modern stage. The director begins by explicating Shakespeare’s verse and prose, speeches and soliloquies, and naturalistic and heightened language to discover the essence of his characters. In the second section, Barton and the actors explore nuance in Shakespearean theater, from evoking irony and ambiguity and striking the delicate balance of passion and profound intellectual thought, to finding new approaches to playing Shakespeare’s most controversial creation, Shylock, from The Merchant of Venice. A practical and essential guide, Playing Shakespeare will stand for years as the authoritative favorite among actors, scholars, teachers, and students.
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"To an actor first approaching Elizabethan theater, Shakespearean verse can seem the most puzzling to interpret. But hidden within the text of every Shakespeare play lie directions, provided by the playwright himself. In Playing Shakespeare, John Barton draws on more than thirty-five years of experience as the Royal Shakespeare Company's associate director to offer a practical guide to how these plays work."--BOOK JACKET.
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