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Shakespeare's Theatre

Shakespeare's Theatre
Your Price: $39.95 CDN
Author: Peter Thomson
Publisher: Routledge
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 199
Pub. Date: 1992
ISBN-10: 0415051487
ISBN-13: 9780415051484

About the Book:

Shakespeare's Theatre examines the Globe in the spectacular decade from 1599 to 1608, during which Shakespeare's greatest tragedies were performed and the Lord Chamberlain's Men were recognized as the finest theatrical company in London, rising to prosperity as the King's Men.

Primarily about performance Shakespeare's Theatre reviews the commercial and artistic priorities of a brilliant and hard-headed group of players. It examines and interprets the known facts about the actors, explores the ways in which they balanced the books, considers the challenges and constraints of the Globe's stage, and give a year by year review of the company's repertoire. In this fully revised edition Peter Thomson presents new material on the Red Lion theatre, on the Rose since its excavation, and a new account of rehearsal procedures in addition to providing a fully up-dated bibliography.

What people say:

"This is a model introduction to the formation, structure and development of the Lord Chamberlain's Men which is utilized to provide instructive critical readings of Twelfth Night, Macbeth and Hamlet." — Years Work in English Studies

"Valuable and enjoyable reading for all studying Shakespeare's plays." — Times Higher Education Supplement

"Following in the pattern established by John Russell Brown for the excellent series (Theatre and Production Studies), he provides first an account of Shakespeare's company, then a study of three individual plays Twelfth Night, Hamlet and Macbeth as performed by the company. Peter Thomson writes in a crisp, sharp, enlivening style." — Times Literary Supplement

"… the best analysis yet of Elizabethan acting practices, excavated from the texts themselves rather than reconstructed on basis of one monolithic theory, and an essay on Hamlet that is a model of critical intelligence and theatrical invention." — Yearbook of English Studies

"Synthesizes the important facts and summarizes projects with a vigorous prose style, and expertly applies his experience in both practical drama and academic teaching to his discussion." — Review of English Studies

About the Author:

Peter Thomson is Emeritus Professor of Drama at the University of Exeter. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including Shakespeare's Theatre.