Are you studying Shakespeare and looking for a handy summary of plots, characters and interpretations? Or are you a keen theatregoer wanting essential background on the Shakespeare plays you see on stage? Ideal for students and theatre enthusiasts alike, this lively and authoritative guide presents key information, clearly set out, on all Shakespeare's dramatic and poetic works, covering plots and people, sources, context, performance history and major themes. Ordered alphabetically for easy reference, each play entry features a 'key facts' box providing informative and revealing statistics, including a breakdown of each play's major roles. The guide is illustrated with striking performance photographs throughout, and also provides brief accounts of Shakespeare's life and language, Shakespeare in print and theatre in Shakespeare's time. This is an indispensable reference source for all students and theatregoers.
• Provides essential factual and interpretative information about Shakespeare's works and background in an approachable and authoritative way • Introduces the rich range of questions Shakespeare's works have prompted for both scholars and performers, involving the reader in the active interpretation of the texts • Includes illustrative production photographs of all the plays and features a clear and attractive design layout which allows easy reference
Part I. The Works: 1. All's Well That Ends Well; 2. Antony and Cleopatra; 3. As You Like It; 4. The Comedy of Errors; 5. Coriolanus; 6. Cymbeline; 7. Hamlet; 8. Julius Caesar; 9. King Henry IV Part 1; 10. King Henry IV Part 2; 11. King Henry V; 12. King Henry VI Parts 1, 2, and 3; 13. King Henry VIII, or All is True; 14. King John; 15. King Lear; 16. King Richard II; 17. King Richard III; 18. Love's Labour's Lost; 19. Macbeth; 20. Measure for Measure; 21. The Merchant of Venice; 22. The Merry Wives of Windsor; 23. A Midsummer Night's Dream; 24. Much Ado About Nothing; 25. Othello; 26. The Phoenix and the Turtle; 27. Pericles; 28. The Rape of Lucrece; 29. Romeo and Juliet; 30. The Sonnets and A Lover's Complaint; 31. The Taming of the Shrew; 32. The Tempest; 33. Timon of Athens; 34. Titus Andronicus; 35. Troilus and Cressida; 36. Twelfth Night; 37. The Two Gentlemen of Verona; 38. The Two Noble Kinsmen; 39. The Winter's Tale; 40. Venus and Adonis; Part II. The Context: 41. Shakespeare's life; 42. Shakespeare's theatre; 43. Shakespeare in print; 44. Shakespearean apocrypha; 45. Shakespeare's language; Further reading.
'This admirably lucid and concise guide will both provide essential information and stimulate fresh thought about Shakespeare and his works.' Stanley Wells
'5/5 stars: this is probably the only guide you will ever need to Shakespeare and his plays.' The Bookbag
'For students and theatre enthusiasts this Shakespeare guide is a useful resource, providing valuable information for the individual and prompting discussion for groups … I was very impressed by the content, format and style of this authoritative guide.' New Books Magazine
'The Cambridge Shakespeare Guide is a beautifully packaged, perfectly sized and consummately written and informed book that serves as an essential reference guide.' New Books Magazine
'Even the most avid Shakespearean will learn from the spotlight on the works.' The Independent
'I hope this book will find its way onto the shelves of many a Shakespeare enthusiast and into the satchels of many a student. For undergraduates, cramming for the next seminar or tutorial, Emma Smith's guide will, I suspect, become a trusted and valued friend, something you can turn to with a cup a coffee and read on the way to class. For its size and the range of information it offers, I cannot think of a better example of its kind.' Paul Edmondson, Around the Globe