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Henry IV, Part I (Actors on Shakespeare)

Henry IV, Part I (Actors on Shakespeare)
Your Price: $15.00 CDN
Author: Simon Callow
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Series: Actors on Shakespeare
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 110
Pub. Date: 2002
ISBN-10: 0571214061
ISBN-13: 9780571214068

About the Book:

"You would search in vain for anything as striking as that in this innovative series of books, called 'Actors on Shakespeare'." — The Guardian

The "Actors on Shakespeare" series draws on the contemporary relevance of, and enjoyment to be found in, Shakespeare. Each book provides an introduction to a particular play from an individual actor's perspective; here Simon Callow offers his view of Falstaff's rueful self-awareness in Henry IV, Part I.

Simon Callow, best-selling author and acclaimed stage and screen actor, immerses himself in Henry IV, Part I and brings to life not only Falstaff but the entire play. Together with his next book in this series, Callow provides a vividly drawn, in-depth consideration of the actor's craft and the art of the play.

Shakespeare's work is important in shaping our language and character. The enduring popularity and success of Shakespearean productions in theatre and on film is a truly international and cross-cultural phenomenon. The aim of the "Actors on Shakespeare" series is to provide a unique and accessible contemporary commentary to each of the plays via top-class actors who have performed in them.

What people say:

"Simon Callow's Henry IV Part I begins with an excellent resumé of the archetypes underlying Falstaff's role — an international, trans-historical anti-pantheon led by Silenus and Ilya the Slav." — The Times

"Callow is not simply a terrific actor who happens to write — you could as well call him a terrific writer who happens to act." — The Times

"These books are travellers' tales; fascinating stories of personal attempts to colonise the infinitely receding Shakespearean landscape." — The Daily Telegraph

"These little books should be thrust into the hands of every student. They bring the plays alive precisely because these performers, with their minds and bodies, spend their lives trying to make it happen." — The Spectator

"There is much to enjoy here. The writing preserves the individuality of the actors, while at the same time retaining their clarity and intelligence." — The Independent

About the Author:

Simon Callow is an English actor, musician, writer, and theatre director. He has appeared widely on stage, television and in films, and is best known for the highly successful films Four Weddings and a Funeral and Shakespeare in Love, as well as his many starring roles in the West End and at the National Theatre. He has directed drama, musicals and comedy, and has written several books on actors and acting. He lives in London, England.

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