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What does it mean to perform Shakespeare's Elizabethan and Jacobean tragedies in the modern theatre? This book brings together the reflections of a number of major classical actors on how these works can most powerfully be realized for today's audiences. Concentrating on the 'great' tragedies - Hamlet, Othello, Macbeth and King Lear - the actors offer unique insights into some of the most demanding and rewarding roles in world drama, by showing what it is like to play them on stage. Ten perceptive and articulate performers reflect on their experiences of ten major roles: the Ghost, Gertrude and Hamlet; Iago, Emilia and Othello; Lady Macbeth and Macbeth; Lear's Fool, and King Lear. Together, these essays provide a peculiarly intimate set of trade secrets about what techniques, ideas and memories actors may use when approaching tragic roles in Shakespeare's most challenging plays.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521671224
ISBN-10: 0521671221
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 8mm)
Pages: 154
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 30-Nov-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Michael Dobson

Michael Dobson is Professor of Shakespeare Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London.

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