Hamlet Shakespeare in Performance
Written by William Shakespeare
Part of the Sourcebooks Shakespeare Series
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Hamlet Shakespeare in Performance by William ShakespeareThe audio CD this edition of Hamlet contains a series of unique recordings to illustrate how different actors place their own interpretation on the play. Hear Sir Laurence Olivier as Hamlet in 1948 and compare this to Simon Russell Beale's performance in 2003. There are also superb performances from Ellen Terry, John Barrymore, Richard Burton and Emma Fielding. The text is illustrated throughout with photographs from notable productions, including Kenneth Branagh's 1996 film and Michael Almereyda's 2000 version, Simon Russell Beale in New York City and Roger Rees at the Royal Shakespeare Company. The book also takes you behind the scenes with reproductions of set drawings, costume designs and scene edits, including drawings from a 1934 production directed by Sir John Gielgud. As well as the playtext, there are articles covering a range of topics including 'In Production: Hamlet through the Years' by Terri Bourus, 'Hamlet 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 Hamlet 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.
'It's tempting, looking at the vast arrray of editions of Shakespeare plays, to conclude that the last thing the world needs now is a new one. However, this new series of key Shakespeare texts are interesting, exciting and extraordinarily versatile.'
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Mixed media product
Contains CD-Audio and Paperback
More books by William Shakespeare
Methuen Drama an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
1st March 2007
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