With humour, wit and a lifetime of experience this is a fascinating backstage pass to the life and plays of the Bard from Australia's best-known Shakespearean actor and director, John Bell. It's Shakespeare and his world as you've never read before.
'So I'm sitting here backstage, waiting for my entrance, caked in fake blood and taking part in a play that is brutal, nihilistic and offensive according to all criteria of 'good taste'. And it's thrilling.'
Did Shakespeare really write all those plays? Why do you do Shakespeare in modern dress? How do you prepare a role? What's it like doing a long run? Did he believe in ghosts? Was he a subversive ...?
Every day, after every performance, around the world, theatregoers ask these sorts of questions. And in On Shakespeare, John Bell, actor and director, a man who thinks, breathes and interprets Shakespeare's canon every day of his life, gives his response based on experience and reflection.
After many years of reading, performing and directing Shakespeare, in the UK and in Australia with the Bell Shakespeare Company, John Bell offers us a unique 'backstage pass' to the histories, tragedies, comedies and romances and a memorable insight into the sonnets.
John Bell's passionate relationship with Shakespeare informs and deepens our understanding of the man and his works. On Shakespeare is vivid, accessible and fascinating-a book that confirms Shakespeare's enduring relevance to our lives.
About the Author
Actor, director, producer, John Bell is one of Australia's theatrical icons. Founder of the Bell Shakespeare Company, he is Australia's leading authority on interpreting, directing and performing Shakespeare.
|Author's note||p. ix|
|The great Globe||p. 1|
|Starting out||p. 11|
|Shakespeare himself||p. 34|
|An interview with Robert Greene||p. 58|
|Acting Shakespeare||p. 66|
|Directing Shakespeare||p. 98|
|An interview with Ben Jonson||p. 112|
|The Histories||p. 128|
|The Tragedies||p. 170|
|The Comedies||p. 215|
|Shakespeare's books||p. 257|
|The Romans||p. 266|
|A fireside chat with John and Harry||p. 297|
|The sonnets||p. 314|
|Romeo and Juliet||p. 332|
|Troilus and Cressida||p. 341|
|Timon of Athens||p. 349|
|The Romances||p. 356|
|The Bell Shakespeare Company||p. 378|
|What Shakespeare's contemporaries said about him||p. 389|
|The sequence of the plays||p. 397|
|Recommended reading||p. 400|
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Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 1st May 2012
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5 x 3.6
Weight (kg): 0.578