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Players of Shakespeare 2
Further Essays in Shakespearean Performance by Players with the Royal Shakespeare Company


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Russell Jackson, Daniel Massey, Edward Petherbridge, Ian McDiarmid, Fiona Shaw, Juliet Stevenson, Alan Rickman, Zoe Wanamaker, Kenneth Branagh, Roger Allam, Niamh Cusack, Frances Barber, Antony Sher, Ben Kingsley, David Suchet
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  • Date Published: October 1989
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521389037

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  • This is the second volume of essays by actors with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Fourteen actors describe the Shakespearean roles they played in productions between 1982 and 1987. The contributors are Roger Allam, Frances Barber, Kenneth Branagh, Niamh Cusack, Ben Kingsley, Ian McDiarmid, Daniel Massey, Edward Petherbridge, Alan Rickman, Fiona Shaw, Antony Sher, Juliet Stevenson, David Suchet and Zoe Wanamaker. Each gives a unique insight into the preparation and performance of a major Shakespearean role and how a character is created through responding to Shakespeare's text, within the context of a particular director's conception and the environment established by the designer. A brief biographical note is provided for each of the contributors and an introduction places the essays in the context of the Stratford and London stages, and of the music and design for the particular productions.

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    'In this helpful and illuminating collection of fourteen essays by RSC actors describing the roles they played with the company between 1982 and 1987, light is shed on the unique hybrid that is theatre, being a fusion of the arts and the practical and intellectual virtues.' Gerald Werson, The Stage and Television Today

    '... there is not one among these essays which does not contain at least something of interest: a fresh insight into the meaning of a line, or a plausible explanation of hitherto inexplicable conduct on the part of a character'. Charles Osborne, The Daily Telegraph

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 1989
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521389037
    • length: 216 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 153 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.355kg
    • contains: 33 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Foreword Russell Jackson
    Introduction Daniel Massey
    The Duke in Measure for Measure Edward Petherbridge
    Armado in Love's Labour's Lost Ian McDiarmid
    Shylock in The Merchant of Venice Fiona Shaw and Juliet Stevenson
    Celia and Rosalind in As You Like It Alan Rickman
    Jacques in As You Like It Zoe Wanamaker
    Viola in Twelfth Night Kenneth Branagh
    Henry V Roger Allam
    Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet Niamh Cusack
    Juliet in Romeo and Juliet Frances Barber
    Ophelia in Hamlet Antony Sher
    The Fool in King Lear Ben Kingsley
    Othello David Suchet
    Iago in Othello
    Production credits
    Further reading.

  • Editors

    Russell Jackson

    Robert Smallwood


    Russell Jackson, Daniel Massey, Edward Petherbridge, Ian McDiarmid, Fiona Shaw, Juliet Stevenson, Alan Rickman, Zoe Wanamaker, Kenneth Branagh, Roger Allam, Niamh Cusack, Frances Barber, Antony Sher, Ben Kingsley, David Suchet

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