In Shakespeare in Three Dimensions, Robert Blacker asks us to set aside what we think we know about Shakespeare and rediscover his plays on the page, and as Shakespeare intended, in the rehearsal room and in performance. That process includes stripping away false traditions that have obscured his observations about people and social institutions that are still vital to our lives today. This book explores the verities of power and love in Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth, as an example of how to mine the extraordinary detail in all of Shakespeare’s plays, using the knowledge of both theatre practitioners and scholars to excavate and restore them.
Foreword – Des McAnuff
Part One: Romeo and Juliet: What’s in a Word?
1. The Boys
2. Folios and Quartos
3. Juliet and Romeo
4. The Aural Word: Verse and Prose
5. Mercutio’s Use of Rhetoric
6. Three Households
Part Two: Macbeth: Beyond the Dialogue
7. Dramatic Structure
8. English History in the Scottish Play
9. Mr. & Mrs. Macbeth
10. Remember the Porter
11. The Public Story
12. The Shakespeare Industry
13. The Face of Shakespeare
Coda: Does Shakespeare Need a Facelift?