Ben Jonson and Theatre is an investigation and celebration of Jonson's plays from the point of view of the theatre practitioner as well as the teacher. Reflecting the increasing interest in the wider field of Renaissance drama, this book bridges the theory/practice divide by debating how Jonson's drama operates in performance. Ben Jonson and Theatre includes:
* discussions with and between practitioners
* essays on the staging of the plays
* edited transcripts of interviews with contemporary practitioners
The volume includes contributions from Joan Littlewood, Sam Mendes, John Nettles, Simon Russell Beale and Geoffrey Rush, Oscar-winning actor for Shine.
'would suit advanced undergraduate or postgraduate students' - Gabriel Egan
'It will be useful to students and lecturers looking for ways into the works of Jonson, and particularly to those wishing to focus on questions of performance. And, very importantly, it gives a sense of the energy and outrageousness locked up in his texts.' - Lisa Hopkins, Early Modern Literary Studies