Playing Shakespeare: An Actors Guide by John BartonNow in its first American edition, Playing Shakespeare is the premier guide to understanding and appreciating the mastery of the world’s greatest playwright.
Together with Royal Shakespeare Company actors–among them Patrick Stewart, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, Ben Kingsley, and David Suchet–John Barton demonstrates how to adapt Elizabethan theater for the modern stage. The director begins by explicating Shakespeare’s verse and prose, speeches and soliloquies, and naturalistic and heightened language to discover the essence of his characters. In the second section, Barton and the actors explore nuance in Shakespearean theater, from evoking irony and ambiguity and striking the delicate balance of passion and profound intellectual thought, to finding new approaches to playing Shakespeare’s most controversial creation, Shylock, from The Merchant of Venice. A practical and essential guide, Playing Shakespeare will stand for years as the authoritative favorite among actors, scholars, teachers, and students.
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WHAT would Gandhi eat? This is perhaps not the right question to ask Ben Kingsley, who won an Academy Award for his portrayal of the ascetic Indian liberator in the movie "Gandhi. Kingsley was in an airplane when a flight attendant approached, as excited as if she had spotted Queen Elizabeth in Bloomingdale's underwear department. I thought, 'Oh God, what can we do? Kingsley recalled during lunch, in his thrilling Royal Shakespeare Company-trained voice.