By (author) John Russell Brown
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Hamlet by John Russell Brown
Book DescriptionThe commentary at the centre of this groundbreaking introduction alerts the reader to what happens on stage during a performance by showing what the text requires from actors and the choices they are offered. By this means, the Handbook demonstrates how an audience responds to plot and dramatic structure, what conflicts and issues are involved as the action unfolds, and the effects of developing expectation and variations of tension and pace. Chapters complementing this core feature provide an account of the three original texts, the theatrical conditions of early performances, and the play's social, political and cultural contexts. Generous quotations are given from books that influenced the writing of the play, and notable productions and performances are described to illustrate a wide range of interpretations. A concluding chapter quotes from recent critics and offers a number of different ways in which to understand the significance of this tragedy which has proved its enduring appeal.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781403920928
(198mm x 130mm x 11mm)
Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Publish Date: 30-Mar-2006
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author John Russell Brown
Studying Shakespeare in Performance, Paperback (July 2011)
John Russell Brown is arguably the most influential scholar in the field of Shakespeare in performance. This collection brings together, and makes accessible, his most important writing across the last 40 years. Together these essays provide an authoritative and engaging account of how to study Shakespeare's plays as texts for performance.
Routledge Companion to Directors' Shakespeare, Paperback (April 2010)
Presents thirty accounts describing how some of theatre's most talented directors have brought Shakespeare's texts to the stage. Suitable for students of both Shakespeare and theatre, this book presents some of the most acclaimed productions of the last hundred years in a variety of cultural and political contexts.
King Lear, Hardback (September 2009)» View all books by John Russell Brown
An introductory guide to King Lear in performance offering a scene-by-scene theatrically aware commentary, contextual documents, a brief history of the text and first performances, case studies of key productions, a survey of film and TV adaptations, a sampling of critical opinion and annotated further reading.
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Author Biography - John Russell Brown
JOHN RUSSELL BROWN is Professor of Theatre at Middlesex University, UK, and was recently Visiting Professor at Columbia University, USA. He is an internationally known theatre director and author and a Former Associate Director of the National Theatre. His many books on theatre and Shakespeare include The Oxford Illustrated History of Theatre, New Sites for Shakespeare, Shakespeare: The Tragedies and Shakespeare and the Theatrical Event.
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