Exploring Shakespeare
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback, 256 pages ISBN: 9781848429819Publication Date:
18 May 2023
Size: 216mm x 138mm£16.99 £13.59You save £3.40 (20%)
Ebook, 256 pages ISBN: 9781788506687Publication Date:
18 May 2023
£16.99 £13.59You save £3.40 (20%)

Exploring Shakespeare

A Director's Notes from the Rehearsal Room

By Bill Alexander

Paperback £16.99£13.59

Ebook £16.99£13.59

In Exploring Shakespeare, acclaimed theatre director Bill Alexander takes us inside the rehearsal room to reveal – in unprecedented and captivating detail – exactly what happens there. He examines the key relationship between the actors and the director, how they work together to bring Shakespeare's vision to life, and how choices are made that will shape every aspect of the play in production.

Full of acute observations and perceptions drawn from a long and brilliant career, the book covers the essential aspects of any Shakespeare production, from understanding the world of the play, to preparing and cutting the text, deciding on costumes and set design, handling soliloquies, and considering character and backstory.

There are detailed studies of eight plays spanning the full length and breadth of the Shakespearean canon, from Titus Andronicus and The Shrew to The Tempest, via Othello, Hamlet, Lear, The Merchant of Venice and Twelfth Night. Alexander also provides first-hand case studies of three of his own productions, including his famous Richard III starring Antony Sher.

Personal, forthright, and full of pragmatic advice, Exploring Shakespeare is a masterclass for directors and actors, and a fascinating insight for anyone interested in Shakespeare.

Exploring Shakespeare is shortlisted for the 2024 Theatre Book Prize. More details here.

'Bill Alexander is a brilliant director, whose work has powerfully shaped my understanding of Shakespeare's plays, Richard III most of all' James Shapiro, author of 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare

'Theatre is the greatest of collaborative art forms, and Shakespeare its greatest exponent: he used the form better than anyone else ever has to speak truth about the world.'

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'An accessible read, in absorbing detail, from someone who has seen it all. This is a personal perspective that will surely be of use to all who read it, and may well make you see your favourite Shakespeare play in quite a different light'

Broadway World

'A primer for the Shakespeare director, packed full of wisdom, pithily expressed… [This book] is a fine achievement – a necessary and timely one – and I cannot recommend it highly enough'

Stagetalk Magazine

'Insightful, practical and down to earth... Bill Alexander is a companionable writer to spend time with. He is never abstruse or over-academic. He simply wants us to understand how theatre can tell stories once it has negotiated the many text-driven decisions which have to be made on the way'

Ink Pellet Magazine
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback,256 pages ISBN: 9781848429819Publication Date:
18 May 2023
Size: 216mm x 138mm£16.99 £13.59You save £3.40 (20%)
Ebook,256 pages ISBN: 9781788506687Publication Date:
18 May 2023
£16.99 £13.59You save £3.40 (20%)
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