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John Barrymore, Shakespearean Actor

John Barrymore, Shakespearean Actor


Part of Cambridge Studies in American Theatre and Drama

  • Date Published: May 1999
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521629799

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  • John Barrymore's Richard III and Hamlet, first seen in New York during the 1919–20 and 1922–3 seasons, stand as high-water marks of twentieth-century Shakespearean interpretation. Many of the conventions of modern practice can be traced to Barrymore's performances: he was the first actor to bring the vocal and physical manner of a post-War gentleman to Shakespeare's tragic protagonists; he was the first to reinterpret time-honored roles in light of modern psychological theory. Michael Morrison reconstructs these historic performances through analysis of the production preparation, audience response, reviews, and memoirs. Tracing the Victorian and Edwardian antecedents of Shakespearean performance, this book, first published in 1997, situates Barrymore's distinctive contribution in light of past and ensuing tradition. It also provides a biographical sketch of one of the most revered and tragic actors of the twentieth century.

    • First in-depth study of Barrymore's influence on Shakespearean performance
    • Barrymore is revered as one of the most influential actors of the twentieth century
    • Includes 35 black and white photographs
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    'The best book about a bygone actor I have read for many years, immensely detailed, magnificently illustrated and hugely readable.' The Stage

    'An admirable piece of work.' The Times Literary Supplement

    'Immensely detailed, magnificently illustrated and hugely readable.' The Stage

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 1999
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521629799
    • length: 418 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.61kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface and acknowledgements
    Part I. Setting the Stage: Prologue: Legacies:
    1. The education of an actor, 1882–1919
    Part II. The Productions:
    2. Richard III, 1920
    3. Hamlet, 1922–4
    4. The London Hamlet, 1925
    Part III. Aftermath:
    5. Shakespeare in Hollywood, 1925–42
    Appendix A. The casts
    Appendix B. The texts.

  • Author

    Michael A. Morrison

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