Shakespeare's Theatre: A Dictionary of His Stage Context
Shakespeare's Theatre consolidates the author's forty years of experience in studying and staging Shakespeare's plays. Under an alphabetical list of relevant terms, names and concepts, the book reviews current knowledge of the character and operation of theatres in Shakespeare's time, with an explanation of their origins. Coverage includes the practices of Elizabethan actors and script writers: methods of characterization; gesture, blocking and choreography, including music, dance and fighting; actors' rhetorical interaction with audiences; and use of costumes, stage props, and make-up. The author makes use of scripts and scholarship about original stagings of Shakespeare and suggests how those productions related to modern staging. Much of this material has developed as a result of the recent increased interest in the significance of performance for interpreting Shakespeare, including the recovery of the archaeological evidence about the original Rose and Globe Theaters. The book contains current bibliographies for each topic and consolidates these in an overall bibliography for Shakespeare and his theaters.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Other editions - View all
acting action actors allusions appears applied associated audience authority called characters classical Comedy contemporary costumes court covered critics death derived detailed discussion drama Dream Duke earlier early edition effects Elizabethan Elizabethan stage England English entry example Falstaff figures Folio followed French Globe Hamlet Henry VIII illustrated important indicates interpretation involved issues Italian Italy James John kind King Lady later Lear less lines London Lord Love's Labour's Macbeth marriage meaning Measure medieval nature Night noted original Othello performance person Plautus Playhouse plays political present Prince printed probably productions professional quarto Queen references Renaissance restored rhetorical Richard Richard III roles Romeo says scenes scripts seems seen sense sexual Shake Shakespeare Shakespeare's plays shows significant social Sonnets speech Stage Directions studies suggests term texts theatre Thomas traditional tragedy University usually Wives women