Shakespeare in the Theatre

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CUP Archive, Aug 31, 1981 - Drama - 280 pages
Complemented by photographs of individual productions, Mr David's book comprises studies of major English productions of Shakespeare during the 1970s, often detailing how radically some performances have altered in the course of a run. His first concern has been to record, as accurately and comprehensively as possible, those moments in actual performance that have seemed most strikingly to recreate or impair the dramatic effects intended by Shakespeare. Mr David also draws wider conclusions about Shakespeare's art and the art of the theatre in general. He attempts to answer such questions as: what are the main trends and priorities in contemporary Shakespearean production? What conditions are imposed on plays by the nature of theatre and the art of acting? How is performance moulded by dramatic form? What special problems affect the 'translation', for modern spectators, of a classical play written in accordance with forgotten conventions? This book fuses academic and practical approaches to drama.
 

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Contents

Drama as opera
21
New lamps for old
40
now read on
53
The problem of Hamlet
66
The parties themselves the actors
85
A pair of starcrossed lovers
106
Reality and artifice
127
Antike Romans
139
The director clarifies
164
Falstaff and the House of Lancaster
188
Two comedies translated
215
Conclusions
228
Notes and references
243
Castlists of plays reviewed
246
Index
257
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