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Macbeth : Shakespeare in Performance - Bernice W. Kliman


Shakespeare in Performance

Paperback Published: 11th March 2004
ISBN: 9780719062292
Number Of Pages: 256

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In this expanded analysis of "Macbeth" in performance, Bernice W. Kliman examines a number of major productions of the play on stage and screen, inviting the reader to contemplate and compare directors' and actors' choices for what is arguably Shakespeare's most compelling play. Kliman's in-depth analysis of Orson Welles's 1948 film version as well as his earlier stage production, Roman Polanski's famous film, and several different television versions from America and Britain offers an invaluable guide to the most prominent performances across a range of media. She also considers Yukio Ninagawa's staging, which provides an exciting and novel Japanese perspective on the play for Western audiences.

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List of illustrationsp. ix
Series editors' prefacep. x
Acknowledgementsp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
The protagonists and the productionp. 1
1606-23p. 1
Davenant and Bettertonp. 16
David Garrickp. 23
Sarah Siddonsp. 28
Macready and Forrestp. 39
Operatic Macbeths: what we could still learn from Verdip. 44
Conical hats and broomsticksp. 44
Thinking about Macbethp. 48
Performance as representation: Metaphor versus mimesisp. 54
The protagonists: chiasmus interpretations on stagep. 62
Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leighp. 62
The protagonists: chiasmus interpretations on televisionp. 80
Maurice Evans and Judith Andersonp. 81
Eric Porter and Janet Suzmanp. 89
Nicol Williamson and Jane Lapotairep. 101
The production: visionary directors on stage and screenp. 112
Orson Welles's 1936 'Voodoo' Macbeth and its reincarnation on filmp. 112
Trevor Nunn's production with Ian McKellen and Judi Denchp. 127
Ron Daniels's 1999 ensemble productionp. 147
Ninagawa Macbeth: fusion of Japanese and Western theatrical stylesp. 159
The production: visionary directors on filmp. 183
Visual poetry in Akira Kurosawa's Throne of Bloodp. 183
Roman Polanskip. 190
Epilogue: Making Macbeth wholly evilp. 217
Notesp. 220
Some significant twentieth-century productions of Macbethp. 222
Major actors and staff for the twentieth-century productions discussedp. 223
Some significant recordings of Verdi's Macbethp. 227
Bibliographyp. 229
Indexp. 238
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ISBN: 9780719062292
ISBN-10: 0719062292
Series: Shakespeare in Performance
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 11th March 2004
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.32
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised

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