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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Shakespeare and the Making of Theatre

ISBN 9780230218673
Publication Date November 2012
Formats Hardcover Ebook Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave

A highly engaging text that approaches Shakespeare as a maker of theatre, as well as a writer of literature. Leading performance critics dismantle Shakespeare's texts, identifying theatrical cues in ways which develop understanding of the underlying theatricality of Shakespeare's plays and stimulate further performances.

BRIDGET ESCOLME Senior Lecturer in the Department of Drama at Queen Mary, University of London, UK. Her publications include Talking to the Audience: Shakespeare, Performance, Self and Antony and Cleopatra in the Palgrave Shakespeare Handbooks series. She has worked as a performer and a dramaturge in the UK and USA.
STUART HAMPTON-REEVES Professor of Research-informed Teaching at the University of Central Lancashire, UK. He is the author of Shakespeare in Performance: the Henry VI Plays, Shakespeare's Histories and Counter-Histories and Measure for Measure in the Shakespeare Handbooks series. He was Performance Editor for the journal Shakespeare from 2004-7 and is currently Treasurer of the British Shakespeare Association.

Preface; B.Escolme & S.Hampton-Reeves 
Textual Clues and Performance Choices; M.J.Kidnie 
Openings; P.Holland 
Entrances & Exits; R.Conkie 
Endings; P.Prescott 
Visual Scores; C.Carson 
Props; F.Karim-Cooper 
Talking Heads; C.Chillington Rutter 
Costume; B.Escolme 
Fighting; S.Hampton-Reeves 
Audiences; S.Werner 
Sound; P.A.Skantze 
Silence; R.Shaughnessy 
Afterword; J.R.Brown 


Twelve contributed essays and afterword by John Russell Brown add up to a remarkably coherent and useful treatment of multiple aspects of theater art in Shakespeare's plays and specific productions. All of the contributors are apparently avid theatergoers with elevated powers of observation and analysis. Seven photographs, an excellent bibliography, and separate indexes to the plays and productions enhance the book's appeal for a rangeof audiences. Highly recommended reading.' - Choice 'The editors have assembled a formidable team of world-class experts, whose command of the field, after decades of thinking, is so confident that they can present truly original ideas about the most basic issues – how does a play begin, how many doors does the play require, what costumes should be worn? This maturity makes for lucid, relaxed, and accessible reading … it will be recommended reading in performance studies for years to come.' - Richard Wilson, Professor of Shakespeare Studies, Kingston University, UK
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