Shakespeare

This section contains books about Shakespeare and his work. For plays by Shakespeare, see Shakespeare & Contemporaries and the Shakespeare Folios series.

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Sweet William: Twenty Thousand Hours With Shakespeare (Hardback)

An exploration of Shakespeare's life and work, illuminated by the unrivalled insights into the plays that the author Michael Pennington has gained from the twenty thousand hours he has spent working on them as a leading actor, an artistic director and a director.

Shakespeare in 100 Objects

Treasures from the Victoria and Albert Museum

Edited by Janet Birkett

A fascinating selection of one hundred objects, each illustrated in full colour and accompanied by a compact essay, chosen by the Victoria and Albert Museum's curators for the insight they afford into the world of Shakespeare and his plays.

Hamlet In Pieces

Shakespeare Reworked by Peter Brook, Robert Lepage, Robert Wilson

A casebook study of three extraordinary productions of Hamlet by three giants of modern theatre: Peter Brook, Robert Lepage and Robert Wilson.

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Thinking Shakespeare

A working guide for actors, directors, students… and anyone else interested in the Bard

Practical advice on how to make Shakespeare’s words feel spontaneous, passionate, and real, from a leading American director and teacher.

Year of the Fat Knight (Hardback)

The Falstaff Diaries

Antony Sher’s fascinating, enlightening account – richly supplemented by his own paintings and sketches – of researching, rehearsing and performing one of Shakespeare’s best-known and most popular characters.

Year of the Mad King: The Lear Diaries

Antony Sher's account of researching, rehearsing and performing one of Shakespeare's greatest roles, Lear, in the 2016 Royal Shakespeare Company production. Winner of the 2019 Theatre Book Prize.

Preface to Hamlet

The best known - and longest - of Harley Granville Barker's celebrated Prefaces to Shakespeare: some of the best practical guides to Shakespeare's work yet written. With a foreword by Richard Eyre.

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Shakespeare On Stage

Thirteen Leading Actors on Thirteen Key Roles

Thirteen leading actors take us behind the scenes, each recreating in detail a memorable performance in one of Shakespeare's major roles.

Freeing Shakespeare's Voice

The Actor's Guide to Talking the Text

A practical approach to breaking through the barriers of restraint and incomprehension when faced with Shakespeare.

Shakespeare's Lost Play

In Search of Cardenio

A thrilling act of literary detection as Gregory Doran attempts to rediscover Shakespeare's lost play.

Speaking the Speech

An Actor's Guide to Shakespeare

By Giles Block Foreword by Mark Rylance

An invaluable book for actors and directors who want to improve their understanding of Shakespeare’s language in order to speak it better

Shakespeare On Stage: Volume 2

Twelve Leading Actors on Twelve Key Roles

Twelve leading actors take us behind the scenes of landmark Shakespearean productions, each recreating in detail their memorable performance in a major role.

Prefaces to A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Winter's Tale & Twelfth Night

Unrivalled practical insights from one of the most influential actors and directors of Shakespeare of all time. With a foreword by Richard Eyre.

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Hamlet: A User's Guide

An intensely practical account of the way Hamlet actually works on stage, by an acclaimed actor and director.

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Preface to Antony and Cleopatra

Unrivalled practical insights into the play from one of the most influential actors and directors of Shakespeare of all time. With a foreword by Richard Eyre.

Preface to Cymbeline

Unrivalled practical insights into the play from one of the most influential actors and directors of Shakespeare of all time.

Performing Shakespeare

Preparation, Rehearsal, Performance

An authoritative, hands-on guide through the practical challenges involved in performing Shakespeare.

Sweet William: A User's Guide to Shakespeare

An exploration of Shakespeare's life and work by a leading actor who has spent twenty thousand hours working on the plays.