Shakespeare in the Theatre Nicholas Hytner

Shakespeare in the Theatre  Nicholas Hytner
Author: Abigail Rokison-Woodall
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 264
Release: 2017-01-12
ISBN: 1472581628
Category: Drama
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Shakespeare in the Theatre Nicholas Hytner Book Excerpt:

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.

Shakespeare in the Theatre

Shakespeare in the Theatre
Author: Abigail Rokison-Woodall
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 251
Release: 2018
ISBN: 9781472581648
Category: Theater
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Shakespeare in the Theatre Book Excerpt:

This volume 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

Shakespeare in the Theatre The National Theatre 1963 1975

Shakespeare in the Theatre  The National Theatre  1963   1975
Author: Robert Shaughnessy
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 264
Release: 2018-05-17
ISBN: 1474241050
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Shakespeare in the Theatre The National Theatre 1963 1975 Book Excerpt:

The National Theatre's years at the Old Vic were the most Shakespearean period in its history, one which included Laurence Olivier's Othello and Shylock, a radical all-male As You Like It, the Berliner Ensemble's Coriolanus and Tom Stoppard's classic offshoot, Rosencrantz and Guildernstern are Dead. Drawing extensively upon the company archives, this book tells the interlinked stories of the National's relationship with Shakespeare through a series of production case studies. Between them these illuminate Olivier's significance as actor and director, the National's pioneering accommodation of European theatre practitioners, and its ways of engaging Shakespeare with the contemporary.

Balancing Acts

Balancing Acts
Author: Nicholas Hytner
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2017-04-27
ISBN: 1473545706
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Balancing Acts Book Excerpt:

The Sunday Times Bestseller This is the inside story of twelve years at the helm of Britain’s greatest theatre. It is a story of lunatic failures and spectacular successes such as The History Boys, War Horse and One Man, Two Guvnors; of opening the doors of the National Theatre to a broader audience than ever before, and changing the public’s perception of what theatre is for. It is about probing Shakespeare from every angle and reinventing the classics. About fostering new talent and directing some of the most celebrated actors of our times. Its cast includes the likes of Alan Bennett, Maggie Smith, Mike Leigh, Daniel Day-Lewis, Michael Gambon and Helen Mirren. Intimate, candid and insightful, Balancing Acts is a passionate exploration of the art and alchemy of making theatre.

Shakespeare Survey 71 Volume 71

Shakespeare Survey 71  Volume 71
Author: Peter Holland
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2018-10-31
ISBN: 110858487X
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Shakespeare Survey 71 Volume 71 Book Excerpt:

The 71st in the annual series of volumes devoted to Shakespeare study and production. The articles, like those of volume 70, are drawn from the World Shakespeare Congress, held 400 years after Shakespeare's death, in July/August 2016 in Stratford-upon-Avon and London. The theme is 'Re-Creating Shakespeare'.

Shakespeare Spectatorship and the Technologies of Performance

Shakespeare  Spectatorship and the Technologies of Performance
Author: Pascale Aebischer
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2020-04-30
ISBN: 1108420486
Category: Drama
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Shakespeare Spectatorship and the Technologies of Performance Book Excerpt:

Examining how technological developments in performance practices affect spectator experience of Shakespeare and early modern drama.

The Oxford Handbook of Shakespearean Tragedy

The Oxford Handbook of Shakespearean Tragedy
Author: Michael Neill,David Schalkwyk
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 650
Release: 2016-08-18
ISBN: 0191036153
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Oxford Handbook of Shakespearean Tragedy Book Excerpt:

The Oxford Handbook of Shakespearean Tragedy is a collection of fifty-four essays by a range of scholars from all parts of the world, bringing together some of the best-known writers in the field with a strong selection of younger Shakespeareans. Together these essays offer readers a fresh and comprehensive understanding of Shakespeare tragedies as both works of literature and as performance texts written by a playwright who was himself an experienced actor. The collection is organised in five sections. The substantial opening section introduces the plays by placing them in a variety of illuminating contexts: as well looking at ways in which later generations of critics have shaped our idea of 'Shakespearean' tragedy, it addresses questions of genre by examining the playwright's inheritance from the classical and medieval past, by considering tragedy's relationship to other genres (including history plays, tragicomedy, and satiric drama), and by showing how Shakespeare's tragedies respond to the pressures of early modern politics, religion, and ideas about humanity and the natural world. The second section is devoted to current textual issues; while the third offers new critical readings of each of the tragedies, from Titus Andronicus to Coriolanus. This is set beside a group of essays that deal with performance history, with screen productions, and with versions devised for the operatic stage, as well as with the extraordinary diversity of twentieth and twenty-first century re-workings of Shakespearean tragedy. The thirteen essays of the book's final section seek to expand readers' awareness of Shakespeare's global reach, tracing histories of criticism and performance across Europe, the Americas, Australasia, the Middle East, Africa, India, and East Asia. Offering the richest and most diverse collection of approaches to Shakespearean tragedy currently available, the Handbook will be an indispensable resource for students both undergraduate and graduate levels, while the lively and provocative character of its essays make will it required reading for teachers of Shakespeare everywhere.

Shakespeare s Military Spouses and Twenty First Century Warfare

Shakespeare   s Military Spouses and Twenty First Century Warfare
Author: Kelsey Ridge
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 220
Release: 2021-09-06
ISBN: 1000425363
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Shakespeare s Military Spouses and Twenty First Century Warfare Book Excerpt:

This volume presents a fresh look at the military spouses in Shakespeare’s Othello, 1 Henry IV, Julius Caesar, Troilus and Cressida, Macbeth, and Coriolanus, vital to understanding the plays themselves. By analysing the characters as military spouses, we can better understand current dynamics in modern American civilian and military culture as modern American military spouses live through the War on Terror. Shakespeare's Military Spouses and Twenty-First-Century Warfare explains what these plays have to say about the role of military families and cultural constructions of masculinity both in the texts themselves and in modern America. Concerns relevant to today’s military families – domestic violence, PTSD, infertility, the treatment of queer servicemembers, war crimes, and the growing civil-military divide – pervade Shakespeare’s works. These parallels to the contemporary lived experience are brought out through reference to memoirs written by modern-day military spouses, sociological studies of the American armed forces, and reports issued by the Department of Defence. Shakespeare’s military spouses create a discourse that recognizes the role of the military in national defence but criticizes risky or damaging behaviours and norms, promoting the idea of a martial identity that permits military defence without the dangers of toxic masculinity. Meeting at the intersection of Shakespeare Studies, trauma studies, and military studies, this focus on military spouses is a unique and unprecedented resource for academics in these fields, as well as for groups interested in Shakespeare and theatre as a way of thinking through and responding to psychiatric issues and traumatic experiences.

Shakespeare in the Theatre Peter Hall

Shakespeare in the Theatre  Peter Hall
Author: Stuart Hampton-Reeves
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2019-05-16
ISBN: 147258709X
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Shakespeare in the Theatre Peter Hall Book Excerpt:

Peter Hall (1930–2017) is one of the most influential directors of Shakespeare's plays in the modern age. Under his direction, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre rediscovered Shakespeare as a writer who could comment incisively on the modern world. Productions such as Coriolanus, The Wars of the Roses and Hamlet established his reputation as a director able to bring Shakespeare to the heart of contemporary politics. He later cemented his reputation with epic productions of Coriolanus and Antony and Cleopatra at the National. With the Peter Hall Company, Hall continued to work intensively on Shakespeare, directing plays in the UK and America. Reviewing Hall's work in its cultural and creative context, this study explores his approach to directing and rehearsal. This is the first book to analyse all of Hall's professional Shakespeare productions in a historical context, from the Suez crisis to the 9/11 attacks and beyond.

The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare and Performance

The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare and Performance
Author: James C. Bulman
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 656
Release: 2017-11-16
ISBN: 0191510815
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare and Performance Book Excerpt:

Shakespearean performance criticism has undergone a sea change in recent years, and strong tides of discovery are continuing to shift the contours of the discipline. The essays in this volume, written by scholars from around the world, reveal how these critical cross-currents are influencing the ways we now view Shakespeare in performance. The volume is organised in four Parts. Part I interrogates how Shakespeare continues to achieve contemporaneity for Western audiences by exploring modes of performance, acting styles, and aesthetic choices regarded as experimental. Part II tackles the burgeoning field of reception: how and why audiences respond to performances as they do, or actors to the conditions in which they perform; how immersive productions turn spectators into actors; how memory and cognition shape and reshape the performances we think we saw. Part III addresses the ways in which revolutions in technology have altered our views of Shakespeare, both through the mediums of film and sound recording, and through digitalizing processes that have generated a profound reconsideration of what performance is and how it is accessed. The final Part grapples with intercultural Shakespeare, considering not only matters of cultural hegemony and appropriation in a 'global' importation of non-Western productions to Europe and North America, but also how Shakespeare has been made 'local' in performances staged or filmed in African, Asian, and Latin American countries. Together, these ground-breaking essays attest to the richness and diversity of Shakespearean performance criticism as it is practiced today, and they point the way to critical continents not yet explored.

Popular Shakespeare

Popular Shakespeare
Author: S. Purcell
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 262
Release: 2009-02-25
ISBN: 0230234224
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Popular Shakespeare Book Excerpt:

In recent years, the 'Popular Shakespeare' phenomenon has become ever more pervasive: in fringe productions, mainstream theatre, or the mass media, Shakespeare is increasingly constructed as an authentic part of popular culture. A vivid account of Shakespeare in performance since the 1990s, this book examines what 'Shakespeare' means to us today.

Shakespeare in Elizabethan Costume

Shakespeare in Elizabethan Costume
Author: Ella Hawkins
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2022-05-19
ISBN: 1350234443
Category: Drama
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Shakespeare in Elizabethan Costume Book Excerpt:

The meanings originally communicated by Elizabethan and Jacobean dress have long been confined to history. Why, then, have doublets, hose, ruffs and farthingales featured in many Shakespeare productions staged since the turn of the 21st century? This book scrutinizes the popular practice of costuming Shakespeare's plays in Elizabethan and Jacobean dress. It considers why this approach to design appeals to contemporary directors, designers and audiences, and how it has shaped the meaning of Shakespeare's works in specific performance contexts. Informed by original interviews with several prominent theatre practitioners, including Emma Rice, Gregory Doran, Jenny Tiramani, Simon Godwin, Stephen Brimson Lewis and Tom Piper, Shakespeare in Elizabethan Costume explores how various 21st-century Shakespeare productions have drawn on myths and desires associated with early modern clothing. Its discussions range from the practicalities of historical reconstruction to the appeal of early modern sartorial culture as an embodiment of wonder, spectacle and the supernatural. Productions discussed include Shakespeare's Globe's production of Henry V (1997), the National Theatre's Twelfth Night (2017) and the Royal Shakespeare Company's The Tempest (2016). Ella Hawkins examines the minutiae of modern design -- how seams are sewn, whence fabrics are sourced -- as well as the widespread cultural movements that have produced our modern relationship with the period of Shakespeare's lifetime. This is the first book to explore fully the significance of Elizabethan-inspired design in contemporary Shakespearean performance. Shakespeare in Elizabethan Costume reframes so-called 'period' costuming as a dynamic collection of practices capable of refashioning textual meanings, reflecting present-day political and societal shifts and confronting contemporary injustices.

Much Ado About Nothing A Critical Reader

Much Ado About Nothing  A Critical Reader
Author: Deborah Cartmell,Peter J. Smith
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 280
Release: 2018-02-08
ISBN: 1474284396
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Much Ado About Nothing A Critical Reader Book Excerpt:

This volume offers an accessible and thought-provoking guide to this major Shakespearean comedy, surveying its key themes and evolving critical preoccupations. It also provides a detailed and up-to-date history of the play's rich stage and screen performance, looking closely at major contemporary performances, including Josie Rourke's film starring David Tennant and Catherine Tate, Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones at the Old Vic, and the RSC's recent rebranding of it as a sequel. Moving through to four new critical essays, the guide opens up fresh perspectives, including contemporary directors' deployment of older actors within the lead roles, the play's relationship to Love's Labour's Lost, its presence on Youtube and the ways in which tales and ruses in the play belong to a wider concern with varieties of crime. The volume finishes with a guide to critical, web-based and production-related resources and an annotated bibliography provide a basis for further research.

Shakespeare s Fathers and Daughters

Shakespeare s Fathers and Daughters
Author: Oliver Ford Davies
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2017-06-29
ISBN: 1474290140
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Shakespeare s Fathers and Daughters Book Excerpt:

A theme that obsessed Shakespeare in over 20 plays from Titus Andronicus to The Tempest was the relationship between a daughter and her father. This study traces chronologically the development of this theme, relating it to the little we know of his own two daughters, and sheds new light on his exploration of the family that so dominated his approach to drama. Drawing on a lifetime's experience of playing Shakespearean roles, Oliver Ford Davies, a former university lecturer and now an Honorary Associate Artist of the RSC and Olivier Award winner, has written an engaging and deeply researched study of a topic that has intrigued him from playing Capulet in 1967, King Lear in 2002, to Polonius in 2008.

Emotional Excess on the Shakespearean Stage

Emotional Excess on the Shakespearean Stage
Author: Bridget Escolme
Publsiher: A&C Black
Total Pages: 344
Release: 2013-11-07
ISBN: 1408179695
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Emotional Excess on the Shakespearean Stage Book Excerpt:

Emotional Excess on the Shakespearean Stage demonstrates the links made between excess of emotion and madness in the early modern period. It argues that the ways in which today's popular and theatrical cultures judge how much is too much can distort our understanding of early modern drama and theatre. It argues that permitting the excesses of the early modern drama onto the contemporary stage might free actors and audiences alike from assumptions that in order to engage with the drama of the past, its characters must be just like us. The book deals with characters in the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries who are sad for too long, or angry to the point of irrationality; people who laugh when they shouldn't or make their audiences do so; people whose selfhood has broken down into an excess of fragmentary extremes and who are labelled mad. It is about moments in the theatre when excessive emotion is rewarded and applauded - and about moments when the expression of emotion is in excess of what is socially acceptable: embarrassing, shameful, unsettling or insane. The book explores the broader cultures of emotion that produce these theatrical moments, and the theatre's role in regulating and extending the acceptable expression of emotion. It is concerned with the acting of excessive emotion and with acting emotion excessively. And it asks how these excesses are produced or erased, give pleasure or pain, in versions of early modern drama in theatre, film and television today. Plays discussed include Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, The Spanish Tragedy, Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing, Measure for Measure, and Coriolanus.

Shakespeare and the Live Theatre Broadcast Experience

Shakespeare and the  Live  Theatre Broadcast Experience
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 264
Release: 2018-07-26
ISBN: 1350030481
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Shakespeare and the Live Theatre Broadcast Experience Book Excerpt:

This ground breaking collection of essays is the first to examine the phenomenon of how, in the twenty-first century, Shakespeare has been experienced as a 'live' or 'as-live' theatre broadcast by audiences around the world. Shakespeare and the 'Live' Theatre Broadcast Experience explores the precursors of this phenomenon and its role in Shakespeare's continuing globalization. It considers some of the most important companies that have produced such broadcasts since 2009, including NT Live, Globe on Screen, RSC Live from Stratford-upon-Avon, Stratford Festival HD, Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company Live, and Cheek by Jowl, and examines the impact these broadcasts have had on branding, ideology, style and access to Shakespeare for international audiences. Contributors from around the world reflect on how broadcasts impact on actors' performances, changing viewing practices, local and international Shakespearean fan cultures and the use of social media by audience members for whom “liveness” is increasingly tied up in the experience economy. The book tackles vexing questions regarding the 'presentness' and 'liveness' of performance in the 21st century, the reception of Shakespeare in a globally-connected environment, the challenges of sustaining an audience for stage Shakespeare, and the ideological implications of consuming theatre on screen. It will be crucial reading for scholars of the 'live' theatre broadcast, and enormously helpful for scholars of Shakespeare on screen and in performance more broadly.

Measure For Measure

Measure For Measure
Author: William Shakespeare
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 440
Release: 2020-01-23
ISBN: 140815188X
Category: Drama
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Measure For Measure Book Excerpt:

Often described as one of Shakespeare's 'problem plays', Measure for Measure explores issues of mercy and justice in corrupt Vienna. The Duke makes his strict moralistic deputy, Angelo, temporary leader of Vienna, while he disguises himself as a friar to witness all that ensues. In the comprehensive introduction to this new, fully-illustrated Arden edition, with commentary and notes from A. R. Braunmuller, Robert N. Watson explores the recent increased attention to the play and the shifting judgements of key characters such as the Duke and Isabella. He analyses the social foundations of these changes, their validity as readings of the text, and their manifestations in performance. It also explores the play's implications on topics including love, marriage, sexuality, consent, mortality, religion, statecraft, moderation, and theatre itself.

Childhood in Contemporary Performance of Shakespeare

Childhood in Contemporary Performance of Shakespeare
Author: Gemma Miller
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2020-04-16
ISBN: 1350133167
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Childhood in Contemporary Performance of Shakespeare Book Excerpt:

Child characters feature more numerously and prominently in the Shakespearean canon than in that of any other early modern playwright. Focusing on stage and film productions from the past four decades, this study addresses how Shakespeare's child characters are reflected, refracted and reinterpreted in performance. By adopting an interdisciplinary approach that incorporates close reading, semiotics, childhood studies, queer theory and performance studies, Gemma Miller explores how a close analysis of Shakespeare's child characters, both in the text and in performance, can reveal often uncomfortable truths about contemporary ideas of childhood, as well as offer fresh insights into the plays. Among the works and productions analysed are stage productions of Richard III by Sean Holmes and Thomas Ostermeier; Jamie Lloyd's and Michael Boyd's stage productions of Macbeth and the films of Roman Polanski and Justin Kurzel; Deborah Warner's stage production of Titus Andronicus and filmed adaptations by Jane Howell and Julie Taymor; and stage productions of The Winter's Tale by Nicholas Hytner, and by Kenneth Branagh and Rob Ashford, and the ballet adaptation by Christopher Wheeldon.

The Winter s Tale

The Winter s Tale
Author: William Shakespeare,Susan Snyder,Deborah T. Curren-Aquino
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 279
Release: 2007-03-08
ISBN: 0521293731
Category: Drama
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Winter s Tale Book Excerpt:

A newly edited edition of The Winter's Tale, with a detailed introduction and full commentary.

Performance Madness and Psychiatry

Performance  Madness and Psychiatry
Author: A. Harpin,J. Foster
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 229
Release: 2014-08-26
ISBN: 1137337257
Category: Performing Arts
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Performance Madness and Psychiatry Book Excerpt:

This exciting collection of essays explores the complex area of madness and performance. The book spans from the 18th century to the present and unearths the overlooked history of theatre and performance in, and about, psychiatric asylums and hospitals. The book will appeal to historians, social scientists, theatre scholars, and artists alike.