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Shakespeare and the Modern Dramatist : Contemporary Interpretations of Shakespeare - Michael Scott

Shakespeare and the Modern Dramatist

Contemporary Interpretations of Shakespeare

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Theatre has never been afraid to adapt, rewrite and contemporize Shakespeare's drama, since theatre by definition is a living medium involving a corporate creativity. Shakespeare himself rewrote or adapted old plays and stories, and since being written his dramas have experienced many transformations. Recent dramatists, following this age-old tradition, have rewritten some of Shakespeare's plays for the contemporary stage or modelled their drama on formulations used by him. In this book, Professor Scott examines a selection of such plays written in the last 40 years. They include Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot", Tom Stoppard's "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead" and Ionesco's "Macbeth". Edward Bond's "Lear", Arnold Wesker's "The Merchant" and Charles Marowitz's "Collages" represent an attempt by some modern dramatists to challenge a particular ideology which appears to have appropriated Shakespeare to itself. The book concludes with an examination of some recent trends in Shakespearean production, particularly by the Royal Shakespeare Company. Michael Scott's previous publications include "Renaissance Drama and a Modern Audience", "'Antony and Cleopatra' - Text and Performance", "John Marston's Plays", "Harold Pinter: 'The Birthday Party', 'The Caretaker' and 'The Homecoming': A Casebook". He is the general editor of Macmillan's "Text and Performance" and "The Critics Debate".

Acknowledgements - Introduction: Re-Interpreting Shakespeare - Parasitic Comedy: Tom Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead - A Divergent View of Human Nature: Edward Bond, Bingo and Lear - Demythologizing Shylock: Arnold Wesker, The Merchant; Charles Marowitz, Variations on The Merchant of Venice - Frustrating Dramatic Structure: Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot and Endgame - Modern Morality Plays: Eugene Ionesco, Exit the King and Macbeth - The Jacobean Pinter: The Homecoming - Theatrical Discontinuity: Charles Marowitz, The Shrew, An Othello, Collage Hamlet - Postscript: The Modernized Bard - Notes and References - Production Dates of Principal Plays Discussed - Select Bibliography - Index

ISBN: 9780333604816
ISBN-10: 0333604814
Series: Contemporary Interpretations of Shakespeare
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 164
Published: 18th June 1993
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 14.0  x 0.97
Weight (kg): 0.21
Edition Number: 1