Shakespeare the Player
Author: John Southworth
Publisher: The History Press
"Man of the Millennium" he may be but William Shakespeare is a shadowy historical figure. His writings have been analyzed exhaustively but much of his life remains a mystery. This controversial biography aims to redress the balance. To his contemporaries, Shakespeare was known not as a playwright but as an actor, yet this has been largely ignored or marginalized by most modern writers. Here John Southworth overturns traditional images of the Bard and his work, arguing that Shakespeare cannot be separated from his profession as a player any more than he can be separated from his works. Only by approaching Shakespeare's life from this new angle can we hope to learn or understand anything new about him. Following Shakespeare's life as an actor as he learns his craft and begins work on his own plays, Southworth presents the Bard and his plays in their proper context for the first time. Groundbreaking, contentious and a work of deep scholarship and understanding, "Shakespeare the Player" should change the way we think about the English language's greatest artist.
Shakespeare the Player
Author: Alexander Cargill
Publisher: Forgotten Books
Excerpt from Shakespeare the Player: And Other Papers Illustrative of Shakespeare's Individuality Shakespeare, those that concern his career as a player are certainly the most noteworthy in point of number, and also in regard to their actual human interest. If his career as a great creative poet and dramatist can only be surmised from a study of his works, that is, without actual evidence of the progression of his genius from height to height, we can nevertheless now and again visualise the superman Shake speare, living and moving as a player among a throng of prayers, acting his own palpable part, alike on the stage of the theatre and on the stage of life, and acting it always honourably and successfully. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
Author: Bertram Fields
Publisher: Harper Collins
An analysis of the mystery surrounding Shakespeare's identity explores multiple theories, identifying inconsistencies within the Stratford-upon-Avon hypothesis while considering the less supported possibility of Shakespeare's nobility.
Author: Ivor John Carnegie Brown
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.
Travelling Players in Shakespeare's England is the first extended study of the touring practices and performances of Elizabethan and Jacobean travelling players. It opens with a general introduction to the lively, competitive world of professional touring theatre. Following chapters focus on playing practices and performances in the spaces used as temporary theatres by touring actors (such a town halls and country houses). The final chapter looks at the decline of this important theatrical tradition in the 1620s.
For the Renaissance, all the world may have been a stage and all its people players, but Shakespeare was also an actor on the literal stage. Meredith Anne Skura asks what it meant to be an actor in Shakespeare's England and shows why a knowledge of actual theatrical practices is essential for understanding both Shakespeare's plays and the theatricality of everyday life in early modern England. Despite the obvious differences between our theater and Shakespeare's, sixteenth-century testimony suggests that the experience of acting has not changed much over the centuries. Beginning with a psychoanalytically informed account of acting today, Skura shows how this intense and ambivalent experience appears not only in literal references to acting in Shakespearean drama but also in recurring narrative concerns, details of language, and dramatic strategies used to engage the audience. Looking at the plays in the context of both public and private worlds outside the theater, Skura rereads the canon to identify new configurations in the plays and new ways of understanding theatrical self-consciousness in Renaissance England. Rich in theatrical, psychoanalytic, biographical, and historical insight, this book will be invaluable to students of Shakespeare and instructive to all readers interested in the dynamics of performance.
Gerald Eades Bentley assembles and analyzes the extant theatrical materials of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. His discussion of the working conditions of professional dramatists like Thomas Heywood, John Fletcher, and Philip Massinger as well as William Shakespeare rounds out the fascinating picture of the professionalism that developed in the great days of Elizabethan and Jacobean theatre. Originally published in 1972. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.
Shakespeare the Man
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
These essays investigate the political, cultural, and religious mores of the time and how these societal factors may have pressured or influenced Shakespeare and his work. Hamlet speaks of “the very age and body of the time his form and pressure,” a discussion that challenges the reader to decipher the links between cultural history and their manifestations in various forms and how they give us glimpses of Shakespeare, the man behind his works.
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead is a play which, as it were, takes place in the wings of Hamlet, and finds both humour and poignancy in the situation of the ill-fated attendant lords. The National Theatre production in April 1967 made Tom Stoppard's reputation virtually overnight. Its wit, stagecraft and verbal verve remain as exhilarating as they were then and the play has become a contemporary classic. 'One of the most original and engaging of post-war plays.' Daily Telegraph
The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare
Author: Michael Dobson, Professor of Shakespeare Studies and Director of the Shakespeare Institute Michael Dobson, Professor Emeritus University of Birmingham and Chairman Stanley Wells, Teaching Fellow in English Literature Will Sharpe, Lecturer and Fellow at the Shakespeare Institute Erin Sullivan
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare is the most comprehensive reference work available on Shakespeare's life, times, works, and his 400-year global legacy. In addition to the authoritative A-Z entries, it includes nearly 100 illustrations, a chronology, a guide to further reading, a thematic contents list, and special feature entries on each of Shakespeare's works. Tying in with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, this much-loved Companion has been revised and updated, reflecting developments and discoveries made in recent years and to cover the performance, interpretation, and the influence of Shakespeare's works up to the present day. First published in 2001, the online edition was revised in 2011, with updates to over 200 entries plus 16 new entries. These online updates appear in print for the first time in this second edition, along with a further 35,000 new and revised words. These include more than 80 new entries, ranging from important performers, directors, and scholars (such as Lucy Bailey, Samuel West, and Alfredo Michel Modenessi), to topics as diverse as Shakespeare in the digital age and the ubiquity of plants in Shakespeare's works, to the interpretation of Shakespeare globally, from Finland to Iraq. To make information on Shakespeare's major works easier to find, the feature entries have been grouped and placed in a centre section (fully cross-referenced from the A-Z). The thematic listing of entries - described in the press as 'an invaluable panorama of the contents' - has been updated to include all of the new entries. This edition contains a preface written by much-lauded Shakespearian actor Simon Russell Beale. Full of both entertaining trivia and scholarly detail, this authoritative Companion will delight the browser and reward students, academics, as well as anyone wanting to know more about Shakespeare.