Julius Caesar

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137004355

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 192

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'Invigorating, radical and original ... I look forward to using it at my desk and perhaps in my classroom over many years, enjoying Jonathan Bate's perceptive comments, trusting Eric Rasmussen's textual scholarship.' – Professor Peter Holland, Times Literary Supplement From the Royal Shakespeare Company – a fresh new edition of Shakespeare's drama of the conflict between one man's ambition and the good of the state. THIS EDITION INCLUDES: • An illuminating introduction to Julius Caesar by award-winning scholar Jonathan Bate • The play - with clear and authoritative explanatory notes on each page • A helpful scene-by-scene analysis and key facts about the play • An introduction to Shakespeare's career and the Elizabethan theatre • A rich exploration of approaches to staging the play featuring photographs of key productions The most enjoyable way to understand a Shakespeare play is to see it or participate in it. This unique edition presents a historical overview of Julius Caesar in performance, recommends film versions, takes a detailed look at specific productions and includes interviews with three leading directors - Lucy Bailey, David Farr and Edward Hall - so that we may get a sense of the extraordinary variety of interpretations that are possible, a variety that gives Shakespeare his unique capacity to be reinvented and made 'our contemporary' four centuries after his death. Ideal for students, theatre-goers, actors and general readers, the RSC Shakespeare plays offer an accessible and contemporary approach to reading and rediscovering Shakespeare's works for the twenty-first century.
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Julius Caesar and Me

Exploring Shakespeare's African Play

Author: Paterson Joseph

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1350011207

Category: Drama

Page: 168

View: 3264

'Julius Caesar is, simply, Shakespeare's African play' John Kani In 2012, actor Paterson Joseph played the role of Brutus in the Royal Shakespeare Company's acclaimed production of Julius Caesar - Gregory Doran's last play before becoming Artistic Director for the RSC. It is a play, Joseph is quick to acknowledge, that is widely misunderstood - even dreaded - when it comes to study and performance. Alongside offering fascinating insights into Julius Caesar and Shakespeare's writing, Joseph serves up details of the rehearsal process; his key collaborations during an eclectic career; as well as his experience of working with a majority black cast. He considers the positioning of ethnic minority actors in Shakespeare productions in general, and female actors tackling so seemingly masculine a play in particular. Audience reactions are also investigated by Joseph, citing numerous conversations he has had with psychologists, counsellors and neurologists on the subject of what happens between performer and spectator. For Paterson Joseph, his experience of playing Brutus in Julius Caesar with the RSC was a defining point in his career, and a transformative experience. For any actor or practitioner working on Shakespeare - or for any reader interested in his plays - this is a fascinating and informative read, which unlocks so much about making and understanding theatre from the inside.
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Measure for Measure

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137004452

Category: History

Page: 200

View: 757

From the Royal Shakespeare Company – a fresh new edition of Shakespeare's dark comedy of sexual desire and hypocrisy THIS EDITION INCLUDES: * An introduction to Measure for Measure by award-winning scholar Jonathan Bate * The play – with clear and authoritative explanatory notes on each page * A helpful scene-by-scene analysis and key facts about the play * An introduction to Shakespeare's career and the Elizabethan theatre * A rich exploration of approaches to staging the play featuring photographs of key productions The most enjoyable way to understand a Shakespeare play is to see it or participate in it. This unique edition presents a historical overview of Measure for Measure in performance, recommends film versions, takes a detailed look at specific productions and includes interviews with one leading director and two actors - Trevor Nunn, Roger Allam, and Josette Simon - so that we may get a sense of the extraordinary variety of interpretations that are possible, a variety that gives Shakespeare his unique capacity to be reinvented and made 'our contemporary' four centuries after his death. Ideal for students, theatre-goers, actors and general readers, the RSC Shakespeare editions offer an accessible and contemporary approach to reading and rediscovering Shakespeare's works for the twenty-first century.
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I, Cinna (The Poet)

Author: Tim Crouch

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1849436177

Category: Drama

Page: 64

View: 9882

The story of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar told through the eyes of a jiggling fool, a lowly poet having bad dreams, a man who finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time... with the wrong name... while history thunders past. Forming part of Tim Crouch’s series of solo shows inspired by Shakespeare’s lesser characters, I, Cinna is written for ages 11+ and engages a young audience to think and write, to consider the relationship between words and actions, art and politics, self and society.
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Angus McBean

portraits

Author: Angus McBean,Terence Pepper

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Photography

Page: 172

View: 1142

"Angus McBean (1904-90) was one of the most extraordinary British photographers of the twentieth century. From the early 1930s to the late 1980s he inspired generations of artistic and cultural figures with his inventive portraiture." "His early portraits of stars, such as Peggy Ashcroft, Audrey Hepburn, Laurence Olivier and John Gielgud, contrast starkly with later commissions to photograph Cliff Richard, Shirley Bassey and the Beatles. In the midst of this work, McBean developed the surrealist techniques with which he is now best associated, for example depicting the actress Dorothy Dickson as a water lily and Vivien Leigh as a Greek goddess." "Throughout his long career McBean retained a cult status. For the first time since his death, this book brings together colour prints from the 1960s, including the shot of the Beatles leaning over the balcony at their recording studios, used on the album cover Please Please Me, and his celebrated series of self-portraits, which he sent out as Christmas cards. Terence Pepper's account of McBean's life and work includes extracts from the photographer's unpublished autobiography and is illustrated throughout with full-page reproductions."--BOOK JACKET.
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How Plays Work

Author: David Edgar

Publisher: Nick Hern Books

ISBN: 9781854593719

Category: Drama

Page: 220

View: 2375

Distinguished playwright David Edgar examines the mechanisms and techniques which dramatists throughout the ages have employed to structure their plays and to express their meaning. Written for playwrights and playgoers alike, Edgar’s analysis starts with the building blocks of whole plays – plot, character creation, genre and structure – and moves on to scenes and devices. He shows how plays share a common architecture without which the uniqueness of their authors’ vision would be invisible. What does King Lear have in common with Cinderella? What does Jaws owe to Ibsen? From Aeschylus to Alan Ayckbourn, from Chekhov to Caryl Churchill, are there common principles by which all plays work? How Plays Work is a masterclass for playwrights and playmakers and a fascinating guide to the anatomy of drama. 'lucid, deeply intelligent... combines theoretical acumen with the assured know-how of a working dramatist' Terry Eagleton, TLS 'Fascinating... Read it. You will learn a lot' The Stage
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Complete Works

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Drama

Page: 2485

View: 488

An authoritative, modernized edition of the complete works of the great Elizabethan dramatist offers the complete texts of every comedy, tragedy, and history play, along with key facts about each work, a plot summary, major roles, sources, textual history, glossaries, and other helpful textual notes. 100,000 first printing.
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Complete Works

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780230003507

Category:

Page: 2549

View: 301

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Hamlet

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category:

Page: 116

View: 2857

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William Shakespeare and Others

Collaborative Plays

Author: Jonathan Bate,Eric Rasmussen

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 9781137271440

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 752

View: 7807

Among the plays staged at the Globe and published in Shakespeare's lifetime were The London Prodigal by William Shakespeare, A Yorkshire Tragedy written by W. Shakespeare and Thomas Lord Cromwell written by W. S. Could Shakespeare really have written these plays? Why were they excluded from the First Folio of his collected works? Edited by renowned Shakespeare scholars Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen and published in coordination with the Royal Shakespeare Company, this is the first edition in over 100 years of the fascinatingly varied body of plays that has become known as "The Shakespeare Apocrypha". Among the highlights are the whole text of Sir Thomas More, which includes the only scene from any play to survive in Shakespeare's own handwriting; the history play Edward III, including a superb seduction scene by Shakespeare; and the domestic murder tragedy Arden of Faversham, in which Shakespeare's hand has been detected by recent computer-assisted analysis. This is also the first ever Shakespeare edition to include the 1602 edition of Thomas Kyd's pioneering The Spanish Tragedy, with "additions" that the latest research attributes to Shakespeare. Included is a comprehensive account of the authorship and attribution of each play. Featuring introductions and background on each play, key fact boxes with information on sources and the distribution of parts, on-page notes explaining difficult or obsolete vocabulary, and interviews with directors and actors who have staged the plays, this work will be an essential addition to the library of any Shakespeare buff.
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The Tragedy of Titus Andronicus

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 1988297451

Category:

Page: 122

View: 5036

Turmoil hits the Roman Empire when its current emperor dies and his two sons Saturninus and Bassianus start to fight over the throne. As a matter of the dead emperor's apparent wishes, his brother Titus is offered the throne but he refuses and lets Saturninus take the coveted seat. After coming to power, the new emperor desires his brothers betrothed as his wife and Titus agrees but ends up killing one of his own children when disagreements occur as to who is in the right. The sons of Titus then plot to rape their own sister so that such a thing will not happen and Titus, her father, will be forced to take the situation into his own hands but ends up going to further extremes.
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The Genius of Shakespeare

Author: Jonathan Bate

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780195128239

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 384

View: 3854

This fascinating book by one of Britain's most acclaimed young Shakespeare scholars explores the extraordinary staying-power of Shakespeare's work. Bate opens by taking up questions of authorship, asking, for example, Who was Shakespeare, based on the little documentary evidence we have? Which works really are attributable to him? And how extensive was the influence of Christopher Marlowe? Bate goes on to trace Shakespeare's canonization and near- deification, examining not only the uniqueness of his status among English-speaking readers but also his effect on literate cultures across the globe. Ambitious, wide-ranging, and historically rich, this book shapes a provocative inquiry into the nature of genius as it ponders the legacy of a talent unequalled in English letters. A bold and meticulous work of scholarship, The Genius of Shakespeare is also lively and accessibly written and will appeal to any reader who has marveled at the Bard and the enduring power of his work.
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The Heart of Robin Hood

Author: David Farr

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 057128356X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 112

View: 8823

The notorious Robin Hood and his band of outlaws steal from the rich, creating a fearsome reputation amongst those who dare to travel through the mighty forest of Sherwood. But they do not share their spoils with the poor and are unloved by the people, who must also pay unfair taxes to the evil Prince John as he plots to steal his brother's crown. In this time of chaos and fear, it is down to Marion to boldly protect the poor and convince Robin that he must listen to his heart if they are to save the country. The Heart of Robin Hood, David Farr's spirited new version of the great English legend, was premiered by the RSC at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon in November 2011.
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Imperium

A Novel of Ancient Rome

Author: Robert Harris

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9780743293877

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 9048

From the bestselling author of Fatherland and Pompeii, comes the first novel of a trilogy about the struggle for power in ancient Rome. In his “most accomplished work to date” (Los Angeles Times), master of historical fiction Robert Harris lures readers back in time to the compelling life of Roman Senator Marcus Cicero. The re-creation of a vanished biography written by his household slave and righthand man, Tiro, Imperium follows Cicero’s extraordinary struggle to attain supreme power in Rome. On a cold November morning, Tiro opens the door to find a terrified, bedraggled stranger begging for help. Once a Sicilian aristocrat, the man was robbed by the corrupt Roman governor, Verres, who is now trying to convict him under false pretenses and sentence him to a violent death. The man claims that only the great senator Marcus Cicero, one of Rome’s most ambitious lawyers and spellbinding orators, can bring him justice in a crooked society manipulated by the villainous governor. But for Cicero, it is a chance to prove himself worthy of absolute power. What follows is one of the most gripping courtroom dramas in history, and the beginning of a quest for political glory by a man who fought his way to the top using only his voice—defeating the most daunting figures in Roman history.
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Titus Andronicus and Timon of Athens

Two Classical Plays

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137004754

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 312

View: 6142

From the Royal Shakespeare Company – a fresh new edition of two of Shakespeare's classical plays This book includes: *Illuminating introductions to Titus Andronicus and Timon of Athens by award-winning scholar Jonathan Bate * The twoplays – with clear explanatory notes on each page * Helpful scene-by-scene analyses and key facts about both plays * An introduction to Shakespeare's career and the Elizabethan theatre * Rich explorations of approaches to staging both plays featuring photographs of key productions of each The most enjoyable way to understand a Shakespeare play is to see it or participate in it. This book presents a historical overview of two of Shakespeare's classical plays Titus Andronicusand Timon of Athens in performance, recommends film versions, takes a detailed look at specific productions and includes interviews with three leading Directors – Gregory Doran,YukioNinagawa and Michael Pennington – so that we may get a sense of the extraordinary variety of interpretations that are possible - a variety that gives Shakespeare his unique capacity to be reinvented and made 'our contemporary' four centuries after his death.
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Open City

A Novel

Author: Teju Cole

Publisher: Random House Incorporated

ISBN: 1400068096

Category: Fiction

Page: 259

View: 3771

Feeling adrift after ending a relationship, Julius, a young Nigerian doctor living in New York, takes long walks through the city while listening to the stories of fellow immigrants until a shattering truth is revealed. A first novel. 25,000 first printing.
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Players of Shakespeare 4

Further Essays in Shakespearean Performance by Players with the Royal Shakespeare Company

Author: Robert Smallwood,Royal Shakespeare Company

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521794169

Category: Drama

Page: 224

View: 9862

This is the fourth volume of essays by actors with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Twelve actors including Sir Derek Jacobi, Jane Lapotaire and Julian Glover describe the Shakespearian roles they played in productions between 1992 and 1997. The plays covered include The Merchant of Venice, Love's Labour's Lost, The Taming of the Shrew, The Winter's Tale, and Romeo and Juliet, among others. The essays divide equally among comedies, histories, and tragedies, with emphasis among the comedies on those notoriously difficult "clown" roles. A brief biographical note is provided for each of the contributors.
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Lectures on Shakespeare

Author: Wystan Hugh Auden,Arthur C. Kirsch

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691102825

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 398

View: 5754

Lecture notes from Alan Ansen, later Auden's secretary and friend, from Auden's course taught during 1946-1947 at the New School for Social Research form the basis for this work on Auden's interpretation of all of the Shakespeare's plays.
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Antony and Cleopatra

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137004185

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 232

View: 6039

This new edition of Shakespeare's classic love story, developed by and for the RSC, includes new interviews with acclaimed directors Adrian Noble, Gregory Doran and Braham Murray, looks at specific productions in the play's history, and a completely new introduction by acclaimed scholar Jonathan Bate.
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Two Gentlemen Of Verona

Author: William Shakespeare,George Steevens

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category:

Page: 96

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