A Book for Shakespeare Plays and Pageants: A Treasury of Elizabethan and Shakespearean Detail for Producers, Stage Managers, Actors, Artists, and Students

A Book for Shakespeare Plays and Pageants: A Treasury of Elizabethan and Shakespearean Detail for Producers, Stage Managers, Actors, Artists, and Students

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A Book for Shakespeare Plays and Pageants: A Treasury of Elizabethan and Shakespearean Detail for Producers, Stage Managers, Actors, Artists, and Students

A Book for Shakespeare Plays and Pageants: A Treasury of Elizabethan and Shakespearean Detail for Producers, Stage Managers, Actors, Artists, and Students

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The effort to present to the general reader a vivid picture of Shakespeare, as set against the background of his own age, has of course been made many times, with success. The present volume attempts this with especial reference to Shakespeare productions or Shakespeare celebrations, and brings to bear upon them as many as possible of the resources and safeguards provided by Shakespearian research. The emphasis thus converges strongly upon Shakespeare and his plays, although the book is meant to be helpful in the production of any Elizabethan play or any representation of Elizabethan life; and much of the material offered is as applicable in these directions as in the other.

The need for such aids has increased very rapidly in the past few years because of the growing realisation that Shakespeare wrote his plays to be acted; and that the interest derived from a play is doubled by acting in it or even from seeing it acted. If such revivals or pageants — whether Shakespearian or otherwise — are to be attempted, they ought to be given with understanding and reasonable accuracy. Moreover, Shakespeare's age was so full of colour and motion and artistic resources of every . . .

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