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Actors and Acting in Shakespeare's Time
The Art of Stage Playing

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  • Date Published: November 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521140775

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  • John Astington brings the acting style of the Shakespearean period to life, describing and analyzing the art of the player in the English professional theater between Richard Tarlton and Thomas Betterton. The book pays close attention to the cultural context of stage playing, the critical language used about it, and the kinds of training and professional practice employed in the theater at various times over the course of roughly one hundred years – 1558–1660. Perfect for courses, this up-to-date survey takes into account recent discoveries about actors and their social networks, about apprenticeship and company affiliations, and about playing outside the major center of theater, London. Astington considers the educational tradition of playing, in schools, universities, legal inns, and choral communities, in comparison to the work of the professional players. A comprehensive biographical dictionary of all major professional players of the Shakespearean period is included as a handy reference guide.

    • Includes a comprehensive biographical dictionary of all major professional players of the Shakespearean period, as a handy reference guide
    • Presents an up-to-date, comprehensive view of the cultural place of acting in Shakespeare's time, widening the view of acting in the period, beyond the Globe paradigm
    • Perfect for courses on Shakespeare studies, early modern drama and theatre, and theatrical history
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    'The book offers a complex, lively, absorbing sense of the acting profession, its 'art' and social networks.' Eleanor Lowe, Early Theatre

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521140775
    • length: 260 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.42kg
    • contains: 6 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: the purpose of playing
    1. Shadows, jests, and counterfeits
    2. Playing and education
    3. Apprentices
    4. Playing many parts
    5. Players at work
    6. Conclusion
    Appendix. Principal actors 1558–1660

  • Author

    John H. Astington, University of Toronto
    John H. Astington is Professor in the Department of English and the Graduate Centre for the Study of Drama at the University of Toronto. He is the author of English Court Theatre, 1558–1642 (Cambridge University Press, 1999), and has published articles and chapters in many books and journals including The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare, The Cambridge Shakespeare Library, The Oxford Handbook to Early Modern Theatre and The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

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