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Actors and Acting in Shakespeare's Time : The Art of Stage Playing - John H. Astington

Actors and Acting in Shakespeare's Time

The Art of Stage Playing

Paperback Published: 30th September 2010
ISBN: 9780521140775
Number Of Pages: 260

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John Astington brings the acting style of the Shakespearean period to life, describing and analysing the art of the player in the English professional theatre between Richard Tarlton and Thomas Betterton. The book pays close attention to the cultural context of stage playing, the critical language used about it, and the kinds of training and professional practice employed in the theatre at various times over the course of roughly one hundred years - 1558-1660. Perfect for courses, this up-to-date survey takes into account recent discoveries about actors and their social networks, about apprenticeship and company affiliations, and about playing outside the major centre of theatre, London. Astington considers the educational tradition of playing, in schools, universities, legal inns, and choral communities, in comparison to the work of the professional players. A comprehensive biographical dictionary of all major professional players of the Shakespearean period is included as a handy reference guide.

'The book offers a complex, lively, absorbing sense of the acting profession, its 'art' and social networks.' Eleanor Lowe, Early Theatre

List of illustrationsp. vi
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introduction: the purpose of playingp. 1
Shadows, jests, and counterfeitsp. 12
Playing and educationp. 38
Apprenticesp. 76
Playing many partsp. 108
Players at workp. 140
Conclusionp. 174
Appendix: Principal actors 1558-1660p. 188
Notesp. 225
Bibliographyp. 236
Indexp. 242
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ISBN: 9780521140775
ISBN-10: 0521140773
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 260
Published: 30th September 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.42