Players of Shakespeare 5

Players of Shakespeare 5

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Robert Smallwood
Cambridge University Press, 12/8/2005
EAN 9780521676984, ISBN10: 0521676983

Paperback, 244 pages, 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.4 cm
Language: English

This is the fifth volume of essays by actors with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre on their interpretations of major Shakespearian roles. The twelve essays discuss fourteen roles in twelve different productions between 1999 and 2002. The productions covered include three plays not featured before in the series: The Comedy of Errors, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Antony and Cleopatra. The contributors are Philip Voss, Ian Hughes, Aidan McArdle, Zoë Waites, Matilda Ziegler, Alexandra Gilbreath, Antony Sher, David Tennant, Michael Pennington, Simon Russell Beale, Richard McCabe, Frances de la Tour and the late Nigel Hawthorne. The title roles in three of the major tragedies - Hamlet, King Lear and Macbeth - are covered and there is also an essay on Iago in Othello. A brief biographical note is provided for each of the contributors and an introduction places the essays in the context of the Stratford and London stages.

Introduction Robert Smallwood
Prospero in The Tempest Philip Voss
Dromio of Syracuse in The Comedy of Errors Ian Hughes
Puck (and Philostrate) in A Midsummer Night's Dream Aidan McArdle
Viola and Olivia in Twelfth Night Zoë Waites and Matilda Ziegler
Hermione in The Winter's Tale Alexandra Gilbreath
Leontes in The Winter's Tale, and Macbeth Antony Sher
Romeo in Romeo and Juliet David Tennant
Timon of Athens Michael Pennington
Hamlet Simon Russell Beale
King Lear Nigel Hawthorne
Iago in Othello Richard McCabe
Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra Frances de la Tour.