How did the actors for whom Shakespeare wrote his plays make his characters come to life, how did they convey his words? Can modern directors, actors, and even library readers of Shakespeare learn from them?
Creating character and making the Elizabethan playwright’s poetry compelling for the audience is a problem which has seldom been resolved in modern times. This book demonstrates the hard course a modern actor must follow to make real and truthful the words he speaks, and the action and emotion underlying them. With examples and simple exercises, this book helps with the preparation for the great task – providing the actor with a combination that unlocks the Bard's English. Starting with how theatrical speech was understood in Renaissance England, it looks at figures of speech, the powers of persuasion, and the passion and rhythm inherent in the language.
Preface Introduction 1. The Schoolboy and the Actor 2. Reading the Score 3. Speaking the Score 4. Action and the Word 5. Character. Glossary
Reissuing works originally published between 1933 and 1993, Routledge Library Editions: Shakespeare in Performance offers a selection of scholarship on the Bard's work on stage. Classic previously out-of-print works are brought back into print here in this small set of performance history and criticism.