A Midsummer Night's Dream Shakespeare in Performance by William Shakespeare, David Bevington, Peter Holland
  

Synopsis

A Midsummer Night's Dream Shakespeare in Performance by William Shakespeare, David Bevington, Peter Holland

The audio CD with this edition of A Midsummer Night's Dream contains a series of unique recordings to illustrate how different actors place their own interpretation on the play. Hear Sir John Gielgud in a recording from the 1930s reciting a speech of Puck's. Compare that to a contemporary recording made in 2003. There are also superb performances from Michael Maloney, Amanda Root and David Harewood. The text is illustrated throughout with photographs from notable productions, including the 1970 RSC production directed by Peter Brook, the 1994 RSC production directed by Adrian Noble and the Shakespeare Theatre Company's 2003-04 production. The book also takes you behind the scenes with reproductions of set drawings, costume designs and scene edits, all from original notes. As well as the playtext, there are articles covering a range of topics including 'In Production: A Midsummer Night's Dream through the Years' by Teri Bourus, 'A Midsummer Night's Dream in Popular Culture' by Douglas Lanier, 'A Voice Coach's Perspective on Speaking Shakespeare' by Andrew Wade and 'In the Age of Shakespeare' by Thomas Garvey. The Sourcebooks Shakespeare A Midsummer Night's Dream is an invaluable tool for students of all ages from GCSE to A Level and beyond.

Reviews

'First there are accessible and interesting essays about how the plays have been performed and interpreted over the years. Then there is the text, with helpful notes on the facing pages. Finally - and most innovatively - there is a CD at the back, which provides many and various extracts from the play. Useful to anyone studying or teaching Shakespeare at secondary school or college level.'

'This intriguing series focuses on Shakespeare in performance... The books themselves are packed with information - photographs of key performances, essays on productions, and interviews with actors and directors. Opposite each play text an extensive glossary explains unfamiliar words, and the audio clips are marked alongside corresponding scenes... The CDs reinforce the beauty and power of the language in performance, and will undoubtedly enhance anyone's understanding and enjoyment of Shakespeare's plays, as they were meant to be experienced.'

's plays leaping to life. This innovative format contains text, audio and illustration... This is a revolutionary resource.'

[Review of Richard III] 'A complete package for anyone wanting to study the play itself, and the performance dimension...It is complemented by an excellent CD which includes narrative by Derek Jacobi set alongside contrasting performances from major productions of the play with some of the greatest stage interpretations of the Bard's work.

'What a handsome set of play texts these are, with arresting contemporary images and chunky drop-into-your-bag appeal... the whole package manages to combine serious purpose and zing.'

- Review Bank (June 2007)

About the Author

David Bevington is the Phyllis Fay Horton Distinguished Service Professor in the Humanities at the University of Chicago. Peter Holland is the McMeel Family Chair in Shakespeare Studies at the University of Notre Dame.

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Book Info

Format

Mixed media product
Contains CD-Audio and Paperback
416 pages

Author

William Shakespeare, David Bevington, Peter Holland
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Publisher

Methuen Drama an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Publication date

1st March 2007

ISBN

9780713683585


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