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Macbeth and the Players - Dennis Bartholomeusz

Macbeth and the Players

Paperback Published: 3rd July 1978
ISBN: 9780521293228
Number Of Pages: 332

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There is now considerable support for the view that a performance by an actor of genius can constitute a critical interpretation of a play and that only through such performance studies can a completely valid judgement about the play be made. In this paperback edition of a pioneering work, Dennis Bartholomeusz reconstructs from prompt copies, playbills and contemporary accounts, the major interpretations of the roles of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth on the English stage from 1611 to the 1960s and relates the outstanding peformances of Burbage and Olivier, Siddons and Thorndike to the overall production history of Macbeth.

Industry Reviews

'Can specialists, limiting themselves to a single issue, avoid disaster? Mr Bartholomew, looking into the insights of the players, suggests that it is possible. This is an admirable work ...' Frank Kermode, The New York Review of Books '... a book of enormous interest and value ...' Norman Marshall, Drama 'With an intimacy which is a tribute not only to the quality and abundance of his evidence, but also to Mr Bartholomeusz's skills and imagination in using it, we see how Betterton, Garrick, Mrs Siddons, Kemble, Macready and Olivier created the roles that set the standards for their own day, through their close and meticulous encounters with the text.' The Times Literary Supplement

List of plates
Preface to the paperback edition
List of abbreviations
Macbeth at the Globe
The age of Betterton
Powell and Mills: Quin and Mrs Porter
Garrick and Mrs Pritchard
Interpretations from Mossop to Henderson
Sarah Siddons and Kemble
From Kemble to Macready
The years between Macready and Irving
Interpretations from 1875 to 1911
Tradition and innovation (1912-55)
Stratford (1955) - The Mermaid (1964)
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521293228
ISBN-10: 0521293227
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 332
Published: 3rd July 1978
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.88
Weight (kg): 0.42