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Shakespeare in the Theatre - Richard David

Shakespeare in the Theatre

Paperback

Published: 2nd November 1981
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Complemented by photographs of individual productions, Mr David's book comprises studies of major English productions of Shakespeare during the 1970s, often detailing how radically some performances have altered in the course of a run. His first concern has been to record, as accurately and comprehensively as possible, those moments in actual performance that have seemed most strikingly to recreate or impair the dramatic effects intended by Shakespeare. Mr David also draws wider conclusions about Shakespeare's art and the art of the theatre in general. He attempts to answer such questions as: what are the main trends and priorities in contemporary Shakespearean production? What conditions are imposed on plays by the nature of theatre and the art of acting? How is performance moulded by dramatic form? What special problems affect the 'translation', for modern spectators, of a classical play written in accordance with forgotten conventions? This book fuses academic and practical approaches to drama.

Preface
The art of the theatre
Drama as opera
New lamps for old
What has happened: now read on
The problem of Hamlet
The parties themselves, the actors
A pair of star-crossed lovers
Reality and artifice
Antike Romans
The director clarifies
Falstaff and the House of Lancaster
Two comedies translated
Conclusions
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ISBN: 9780521284905
ISBN-10: 0521284902
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 2nd November 1981
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.42