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Performing Shakespeare's Tragedies Today
The Actor's Perspective

Michael Dobson, Greg Hicks, Imogen Stubbs, Samuel West, Sir Antony Sher, Amanda Harris, Nonso Anozie, Sian Thomas, Simon Russell Beale, John Normington, David Warner
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  • Date Published: December 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521671224


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  • What does it mean to perform Shakespeare's Elizabethan and Jacobean tragedies in the modern theatre? This book brings together the reflections of a number of major classical actors on how these works can most powerfully be realized for today's audiences. Concentrating on the 'great' tragedies - Hamlet, Othello, Macbeth and King Lear - the actors offer unique insights into some of the most demanding and rewarding roles in world drama, by showing what it is like to play them on stage. Ten perceptive and articulate performers reflect on their experiences of ten major roles: the Ghost, Gertrude and Hamlet; Iago, Emilia and Othello; Lady Macbeth and Macbeth; Lear's Fool, and King Lear. Together, these essays provide a peculiarly intimate set of trade secrets about what techniques, ideas and memories actors may use when approaching tragic roles in Shakespeare's most challenging plays.

    • Brings together accounts by ten major classical actors, including Sir Antony Sher, Samuel West and Imogen Stubbs
    • Offers the reader a fascinating insight into the trade secrets, techniques and ideas actors employ when playing these Shakespearean roles
    • Includes ten production photographs of each contributor in their particular role
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    'All of the contributors are talented and well-informed raconteurs.' Journal of NTQ

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521671224
    • length: 154 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 8 mm
    • weight: 0.22kg
    • contains: 10 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Michael Dobson
    Hamlet: The Ghost Greg Hicks
    Gertrude Imogen Stubbs
    Hamlet Samuel West
    Othello: Iago Sir Antony Sher
    Emilia Amanda Harris
    Othello Nonso Anozie
    Macbeth: Lady Macbeth Sian Thomas
    Macbeth Simon Russell Beale
    King Lear: Lear's Fool John Normington
    King Lear David Warner.

  • Editor

    Michael Dobson, Birkbeck College, University of London
    Michael Dobson is Professor of Shakespeare Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London.


    Michael Dobson, Greg Hicks, Imogen Stubbs, Samuel West, Sir Antony Sher, Amanda Harris, Nonso Anozie, Sian Thomas, Simon Russell Beale, John Normington, David Warner

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