Much Ado About Nothing Shakespeare in Performance
Written by William Shakespeare
Part of the Sourcebooks Shakespeare Series
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Much Ado About Nothing Shakespeare in Performance by William ShakespeareThe audio CD with this edition of Much Ado About Nothing contains a series of unique recordings to illustrate how different actors place their own interpretation on the play. Hear Sir John Gielgud as Benedick and Dame Peggy Ashcroft as Beatrice in a 1950 production. Compare that to a contemporary version from 2003. There are also superb performances from Alan Ayckbourn, Amanda Root and Samuel West. The text is illustrated throughout with photographs from notable productions, including Kenneth Branagh's 1993 film and RSC productions featuring Harriet Walter, Judi Dench, Helen Mirren and Janet Suzman. The book also takes you behind the scenes with reproductions of set drawings, costume designs and scene edits, including costume renderings from the 1958 production at the Shakespeare Memorial Theater. As well as the playtext, there are articles covering a range of topics including 'In Production: Much Ado About Nothing through the Years' by Jeffrey Kahan, 'Much Ado About Nothing 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 Much Ado About Nothing is an invaluable tool for students of all ages from GCSE to A Level and beyond.
'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.'
'This new Shakespeare book and CD brings Shakespeare'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.
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Methuen Drama an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
1st March 2007
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