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Shakespeare's Stagecraft

Shakespeare's Stagecraft

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  • Date Published: November 1967
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521094351

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  • For many years, critics and students of Shakespeare have tended to stress that his plays are poetic structures embodying 'themes', and these structures have been analysed in great detail. Professor Styan advocates another approach. The plays were written for acting, in a theatre of a particular type. If we ask what effects this kind of theatre encouraged and how Shakespeare exploited them, the plays are seen as a sequence of stage-effects, planned with great art so as to enrich, reinforce and modify each other. Professor Styan begins with the known facts about the Elizabethan theatre, stressing the effect of the size of the apron stage, and the degree in which the spectators situated all around are involved in the action. It was a theatre of movement and grouping, and above all speech. Shakespeare's verse is full of suggestions about how it is to be delivered; it is, in Professor Styan's word, 'gestic'. Professor Styan shows in very many examples, quoting the text and examining its dramatic implications, what the words suggest about movement over the stage, about the relationship between groups of players on the stage, and about the delivery and dramatic effect of the words themselves. Thus we build up a new sense of the whole play. This is a convenient and comprehensive introduction to the study of Shakespeare's dramatic craftsmanship, which also reopens that direction of enquiry which Granville-Barker first explored.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 1967
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521094351
    • length: 256 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 137 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.295kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Part I. Shakespeare's Theatre Equipment:
    1. Shakespeare's stage
    2. Staging and acting conventions
    Part II. Shakespeare's Visual Craft:
    3. The actor and his movement
    4. Grouping on the open stage
    5. The full stage
    Part III. Shakespeare's Aural Craft:
    6. Speaking the speech
    7. The orchestration of speech
    Part IV. Conclusions:
    8. Total theatre
    Selected bibliography
    Index of subjects
    Index of proper names
    Index of scenes.

  • Author

    John L. Styan

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