On Playing Shakespeare: Advice and Commentary from Actors and Actresses of the Past

On Playing Shakespeare: Advice and Commentary from Actors and Actresses of the Past

On Playing Shakespeare: Advice and Commentary from Actors and Actresses of the Past

On Playing Shakespeare: Advice and Commentary from Actors and Actresses of the Past

Synopsis

Anyone wanting to learn or learn more about acting or staging Shakespeare will find in Wood's collection a much-needed treasury of useful instruction from past Shakespearean players. It will enrich future interpretation and performance. Here are John Barrymore, Ellen Terry, Edwin Booth, and others writing about casting, reading the play, memorizing, research, interpretation, rehearsal, and performance. An early section deals with essentials such as qualifications for the stage, voice and diction, ease and polish, and more. Most important, the actors' differing reactions to the same role are placed side-by-side for clear contrast and study.
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