Shakespeare on Theatre

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Series: ...On Theatre
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback, 232 pages ISBN: 9781848420793Publication Date:
17 May 2012
Size: 216mm x 138mm£10.99 £8.79You save £2.20 (20%)
EPUB, 232 pages ISBN: 9781788500098Publication Date:
5 Apr 2018
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Shakespeare on Theatre

By William Shakespeare Compiled by Nick de Somogyi

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A unique collection of Shakespeare's every reflection on the theatre, offering fascinating insights into the man, his work, and the world of the Jacobean stage.

Shakespeare was a man of the theatre to his core, so it is no surprise that he repeatedly contemplated the nuts and bolts of his craft in his plays and poems.

Shakespeare scholar Nick de Somogyi here draws together all the cherishable set pieces – including ‘All the world’s a stage,’ Hamlet’s encounters with the Players, and Bottom’s amateur theatricals – along with many other oblique but no less revealing glances, and further insights into theatre practice by Shakespeare’s contemporaries and rivals.

De Somogyi’s informed commentary takes us through the entire process of a play’s theatrical production, from its casting and auditions, via rehearsals, costumes, and props, to its premiere and audience reception.

Shakespeare on Theatre eavesdrops on the urgently whispered noises-off in the ‘tiring-house’ and inhales the heady aroma of the Globe’s first audiences.

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'Refreshing... a lucid and fascinating overview'

Times Literary Supplement

'This remarkable little book... incredibly well-informed... nothing, it seems, is left out'

ReviewsGate.com

'This book is more than a collection of extended quotations. Somogyi's detailed, linking analysis and commentary turns it into quite an original book about Shakespeare's words, working method and contemporary context'

The Stage

'Shakespeare on Theatre gives [de Somogyi] the opportunity to teach us about Shakespeare’s experience of drama itself, and his thoughts about it, a major implicit subject in the plays, and to bring together many scattered references. He does this with real passion for the plays as both text and performance… He brilliantly links passages from the plays with commentary and quotes wonderful passages (quite unknown to me before) from other Jacobean writers.

De Somogyi’s lexical relish and delightfully original wit are obvious throughout; he makes those startling, even absurd, but always apt comparisons to modern life and to the cinema that are often to be enjoyed in his introductions to the Shakespeare Folio editions.'

Dr Jan Piggott FSA, former Head of English and Keeper of Archives at Dulwich College -

Performing rights not held by Nick Hern Books

Series: ...On Theatre
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback, 232 pages ISBN: 9781848420793Publication Date:
17 May 2012
Size: 216mm x 138mm£10.99 £8.79You save £2.20 (20%)
EPUB, 232 pages ISBN: 9781788500098Publication Date:
5 Apr 2018
£10.99 £8.79You save £2.20 (20%)

Also by William Shakespeare:

Richard II
Henry V
Hamlet
The Winter's Tale
The Tempest
All's Well That Ends Well
King Lear
Macbeth
Henry IV Part I
Henry IV Part II
Richard III
Measure for Measure
Othello
Richard III (West End edition)
Queen Margaret
Edward III
Cardenio
Romeo and Juliet
As You Like It
Much Ado About Nothing
The Winter's Tale
The Merry Wives of Windsor
Julius Caesar
Romeo and Juliet
Twelfth Night
Much Ado About Nothing (West End edition)
Thomas More

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Also by Nick de Somogyi:

The Winter's Tale
As You Like It
Othello
Much Ado About Nothing
King Lear
Measure for Measure
Richard III
Henry IV Part I
Henry IV Part II
Twelfth Night
Hamlet
All's Well That Ends Well
Henry V
The Merry Wives of Windsor
Richard II
Romeo and Juliet
The Tempest
Macbeth
Julius Caesar

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