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William Poel (1852–1934), actor, director and author, began his acting career in 1876, deliberately choosing provincial touring in order to learn his craft. After a period as manager of the Royal Victoria Hall and Coffee Tavern (later the Old Vic), he worked as stage manager for the actor-manager Frank Benson. In the 1890s he founded the Elizabethan Stage Society in order to demonstrate his fervent belief that only a return to Elizabethan performance methods would enable a true understanding of Shakespeare's plays. This was to have a profound influence on modern productions, with directors such as Tyrone Guthrie and John Gielgud adopting his ideals rather than his often idiosyncratic practices. Moreover, his long-held wish for a replica of the Globe Theatre has since become a reality. Poel was also a prolific author and this work, first published in 1913, explores his philosophy by bringing together four articles on the staging of Shakespeare.
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- Date Published: June 2013
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781108057219
- length: 260 pages
- dimensions: 216 x 140 x 15 mm
- weight: 0.34kg
- contains: 1 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. The stage of Shakespeare
2. The plays of Shakespeare
3. Some stage versions
4. The national theatre
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