Shakespeare in the Theatre: Nicholas Hytner

Author: Abigail Rokison-Woodall

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472581628

Category: Drama

Page: 264

View: 3963

Part of the series Shakespeare in the Theatre, this book examines the work of renowned theatre director Nicholas Hytner (Artistic Director of the National Theatre from 2003-2015). Featuring case studies of Hytner's Shakespeare productions and interviews with actors, designers, directors and other practitioners with whom Hytner has worked, it explores Hytner's own productions of Shakespeare's plays within their respective socio-cultural contexts and the context of Hytner's other directing work, and examines his working practices and the impact of his Artistic directorship on the centrality of Shakespeare within the repertoire of the National Theatre.

Julius Caesar

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486113663

Category: Drama

Page: 96

View: 6319

Great tragedy based on Plutarch's account of the lives of Brutus, Julius Caesar, and Mark Antony. Evil plotting, ringing oratory, high tragedy with Shakespeare's incomparable insight, dramatic power. Explanatory footnotes.

Balancing Acts

Behind the Scenes at London's National Theatre

Author: Nicholas Hytner

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 1101972882

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

View: 6470

The former director of London's National Theatre presents a candid, behind-the-scenes memoir about his career directing theater, producing films and opera, and working closely with some of the world's most celebrated actors.

Shakespeare in the Theatre: Mark Rylance at the Globe

Author: Stephen Purcell

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472581717

Category: Drama

Page: 272

View: 2953

Machine generated contents note: -- Introduction -- Chapter 1: Experiment and Reaction -- Chapter 2: Performing Gender -- Chapter 3: Masters of Play: Directing at the Globe -- Chapter 4: Shared Experiences -- Chapter 5: Global Politics / Global Products -- Chapter 6: Rylance the Performer -- Epilogue: Legacy and Return -- Select Bibliography -- Chronology -- Index

Young Marx

Author: Richard Bean,Clive Coleman

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1786822849

Category: Drama

Page: 112

View: 5131

1850, and Europe’s most feared terrorist is hiding in Dean Street, Soho. Broke, restless and horny, the thirty-two-year-old revolutionary is a frothing combination of intellectual brilliance, invective, satiric wit, and child-like emotional illiteracy. Creditors, spies, rival revolutionary factions and prospective seducers of his beautiful wife all circle like vultures. His writing blocked, his marriage dying, his friend Engels in despair at his wasted genius, his only hope is a job on the railway. But there’s still no one in the capital who can show you a better night on the piss than Karl Heinrich Marx.

Shakespeare in the Theatre: Peter Hall

Author: Stuart Hampton-Reeves

Publisher: Arden Shakespeare

ISBN: 9781472587077

Category: Drama

Page: 224

View: 2787

Peter Hall is one of the most significant and influential directors of Shakespeare's work of modern times. Through both his own work and the management of two national theatre companies, the National Theatre and the RSC, Hall has promoted Shakespeare as a writer who can comment incisively on the modern world. His best productions exemplified this approach: Coriolanus (1959), The Wars of the Roses (1963) and Hamlet (1965) established his reputation as a director able to bring Shakespeare to the heart of contemporary politics. However, Hall's career has been very varied, and sometimes his critical failures are as interesting as his successes. The book explores Hall's work as a deliberate articulation of Shakespeare and national culture in the post-war years. The main focus is on his Shakespeare work, but critical attention is also given to non-Shakespearean productions, notably his 1955 Waiting for Godot (and his relationship with Samuel Beckett in general) and his 2000 Tantalus (and his work with John Barton), placing Hall's work in its cultural and creative context. Setting Hall's work against the post-war development of national culture, the book explores how his work with other writers and artists (including Beckett, Pinter and Barton) informed his approach to directing as well as his rehearsal methods and his approach to Shakespeare's text.

Shakespeare, Language and the Stage: The Fifth Wall Only

Shakespeare and Language Series

Author: Lynette Hunter,Peter Lichtenfels

Publisher: Cengage Learning EMEA

ISBN: 9781904271499

Category: Drama

Page: 190

View: 9895

Resulting from workshops at Shakespeare?s Globe between leading critics, performance theorists and theatre practitioners such as Greg Doran of the RSC, Nicholas Hytner of the Royal National Theatre, Ann Thompson of the Arden Shakespeare and W.B. Worthen of the University of California, Berkeley, Shakespeare Language and the Stage breaks down the invisible barrier between scholar and practitioner. Topics discussed include text and voice, playing and criticism, gesture, language and the body, gesture and audience and multilingualism and marginality. The book provides fresh ways of thinking about the impact of Shakespeare?s language on an audience?s understanding and interpretation of the action and examines how a variety of performances engage with Shakespeare's text, verse and language. As such it is a unique and invaluable resource for students, scholars and theatre practitioners alike.

Shakespeare for Young People

Productions, Versions and Adaptations

Author: Abigail Rokison

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1441125566

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

View: 7022

Comprehensive overview of productions, versions and adaptations of Shakespeare for children and young people

A Very Very Very Dark Matter

Author: Martin McDonagh

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 0571346928

Category: Drama

Page: 96

View: 9377

In a townhouse in Copenhagen works Hans Christian Andersen, a teller of exquisite and fantastic children's tales beloved by millions. But the true source of his stories dwells in his attic upstairs, her existence a dark secret kept from the outside world. Dangerous, twisted and funny, Martin McDonagh's new play travels deep into the abysses of the imagination. A Very Very Dark Matter premieres at the Bridge Theatre, London, in October 2018.

Shakespeare, Trauma and Contemporary Performance

Author: Catherine Silverstone

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135178305

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 186

View: 4489

Shakespeare, Trauma and Contemporary Performance examines how contemporary performances of Shakespeare’s texts on stage and screen engage with violent events and histories. The book attempts to account for – but not to rationalize – the ongoing and pernicious effects of various forms of violence as they have emerged in selected contemporary performances of Shakespeare’s texts, especially as that violence relates to apartheid, colonization, racism, homophobia and war. Through a series of wide-ranging case studies, which are informed by debates in Shakespeare, trauma and performance studies and developed from extensive archival research, the book examines how performances and their documentary traces work variously to memorialize, remember and witness violent events and histories. In the process, Silverstone considers the ethical and political implications of attempts to represent trauma in performance, especially in relation to performing, spectatorship and community formation. Ranging from the mainstream to the fringe, key performances discussed include Gregory Doran’s Titus Andronicus (1995) for Johannesburg’s Market Theatre; Don C. Selwyn’s New Zealand-made film, The Maori Merchant of Venice (2001); Philip Osment’s appropriation of The Tempest in This Island’s Mine for London’s Gay Sweatshop (1988); and Nicholas Hytner’s Henry V (2003) for the National Theatre in London.

Shakespeare in the Theatre: The American Shakespeare Center

Author: Paul Menzer

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472584996

Category: Drama

Page: 272

View: 5864

The original Blackfriars closed its doors in the 1640s, ending over half-a-century of performances by men and boys. In 2001, in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, it opened once again. The reconstructed Blackfriars, home to the American Shakespeare Center, represents an old playhouse for the new millennium and therefore symbolically registers the permanent revolution in the performance of Shakespeare. Time and again, the industry refreshes its practices by rediscovering its own history. This book assesses how one American company has capitalised on history and in so doing has forged one of its own to become a major influence in contemporary Shakespearean theatre.

Brothers Size


Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780571346905


Page: 128

View: 4060

After a spell of separation brought on by prison, two African-American brothers reunite through Yoruba mythology and live music. Ritual and reality intertwine in this deeply moving fable about the bond between brothers. Tarell Alvin McCraney's The Brothers Size had its UK premiere in a co-production between the Young Vic and Actors Touring Company in 2007. It was remounted the following year, and received a long-awaited revival at the Young Vic in 2018.

A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare


Author: James Shapiro

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0061840904

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 432

View: 7627

1599 was an epochal year for Shakespeare and England Shakespeare wrote four of his most famous plays: Henry the Fifth, Julius Caesar, As You Like It, and, most remarkably, Hamlet; Elizabethans sent off an army to crush an Irish rebellion, weathered an Armada threat from Spain, gambled on a fledgling East India Company, and waited to see who would succeed their aging and childless queen. James Shapiro illuminates both Shakespeare’s staggering achievement and what Elizabethans experienced in the course of 1599, bringing together the news and the intrigue of the times with a wonderful evocation of how Shakespeare worked as an actor, businessman, and playwright. The result is an exceptionally immediate and gripping account of an inspiring moment in history.

Players of Shakespeare 3

Further Essays in Shakespearean Performance by Players with the Royal Shakespeare Company

Author: Russell Jackson,Robert Smallwood,Royal Shakespeare Company

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521477345

Category: Drama

Page: 222

View: 1316

This is the third volume of essays by actors with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Thirteen actors describe the Shakespearean roles they played in productions between 1987 and 1991. The plays covered include Hamlet, Richard III, The Merchant of Venice, As You Like It, Much Ado About Nothing, Measure for Measure, and important theatrical rarities such as Cymbeline, Titus Andronicus, King John, and the Henry VI plays in the Royal Shakespeare Company's highly successful adaptation retitled The Plantagenets.

Alys, Always

A Novel

Author: Harriet Lane

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451673183

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

View: 6100

From the author of Her, a suspenseful, assured literary debut that explores the dark side of desire and ambition through one woman's unlikely entry into an elite world and a destiny of her own design. On a bitter winter's night, Frances Thorpe comes upon the aftermath of a car crash and, while comforting the dying driver, Alys Kyte, hears her final words. The wife of a celebrated novelist, Alys moved in rarefied circles, and when Frances agrees to meet the bereaved family, she glimpses a world entirely foreign to her: cultured, wealthy, and privileged. While slowly forging a friendship with Alys’s carelessly charismatic daughter, Frances finds her own life takes a dramatic turn, propelling her from an anonymous existence as an assistant editor for the books section of a newspaper to the dizzying heights of literary society. With her unforgettable protagonist, author Harriet Lane draws readers into a tightly paced tale that careens towards an audacious ending. Transfixing, insightful, and unsettling, Alys, Always drops us into the mind of an enigmatic young woman whose perspective on a glamorous world also shines a light on those on the outside who would risk all to become part of it.

War and Nation in the Theatre of Shakespeare and His Contemporaries

Author: Simon Barker

Publisher: N.A


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 239

View: 2073

This original study explores a vital aspect of early modern cultural history: the way that warfare is represented in the theatre of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. The book contrasts the Tudor and Stuart prose that called for the establishment of a standing army in the name of nation, discipline and subjectivity, and the drama of the period that invited critique of this imperative. Barker examines contemporary dramatic texts both for their radical position on war and, in the case of the later drama, for their subversive commentary on an emerging idealisation of Shakespeare and his work. The book argues that the early modern period saw the establishment of political, social and theological attitudes to war that were to become accepted as natural in succeeding centuries. Barker’s reading of the drama of the period reveals the discontinuities in this project as a way of commenting on the use of the past within modern warfare. The book is also a survey and analysis of literary theory over the last twenty-five years in relation to the issue of early modern war - and develops an argument about the study of literature and war in general.Features* Interdisciplinary approach addressing the early-modern period as one of particular importance in the history of warfare* Examines the way that the period helped shape modern attitudes to war* Sets Shakespeare in the context of those dramatists who preceded him, as well as his contemporaries and successors* Surveys the work of the past and considers the future of criticism in relation to warfare


Making Theatre in the Media Age

Author: Anne Nicholson Weber

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 0878301860

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 177

View: 1897

During the so-called "Age of Melancholy," many writers invoked both traditional and new conceptualizations of the disease in order to account for various types of social turbulence, ranging from discontent and factionalism to civil war. Writing about melancholy became a way to explore both the causes and preventions of political disorder, on both specific and abstract levels. Thus, at one and the same moment, a writer could write about melancholy to discuss specific and ongoing political crises and to explore more generally the principles which generate political conflicts in the first place. In the course of developing a traditional discourse of melancholy of its own, English writers appropriated representations of the disease - often ineffectively - in order to account for the political turbulence during the civil war and Interregnum periods.

Shakespeare in Performance

Castings and Metamorphoses

Author: Ralph Berry

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317646436

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 184

View: 8309

These studies take stage history as a means of knowing the play. Half of the studies deal with casting - doubling, chorus and the crowd, the star of Hamlet and Measure for Measure. Then the transformations of dramatis personae are analyzed and The Tempest is viewed through the changing relationships of Prospero, Ariel and Caliban. Some of Shakespeare’s most original strategies for audience control are studied, such as Cordelia's asides in King Lear, Richard II’s subversive laughter and the scenic alternation of pleasure and duty in Henry IV. Performance is the realization of identity. The book draws on major productions up to 1992, just before the book was originally published.