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Acting Shakespeare

Author: John Gielgud; John Miller
Publisher: New York : Scribner : Maxwell Macmillan International, 1992.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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In his two seasons at London's Old Vic Theatre from 1929 to 1931 John Gielgud established himself in the forefront of Shakespearean actors, and in the six decades since then he has scaled the heights of most of the great parts, from Romeo, Richard II and Hamlet, to Macbeth, Lear and Prospero. American theatregoers acclaimed his 1936 Hamlet, which broke all previous records for the run of the play on Broadway,  Read more...
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Gielgud, John, 1904-2000.
Acting Shakespeare.
New York : Scribner : Maxwell Macmillan International, 1992
(OCoLC)756438452
Named Person: William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; John Gielgud; John Gielgud; William Shakespeare
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Gielgud; John Miller
ISBN: 0684195119 9780684195117
OCLC Number: 25507843
Notes: Originally published: Great Britain : Sidgwick & Jackson, c1991.
"A Robert Stewart book."
Includes index.
Description: xi, 192 p., [64] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Directing - The Old Vic - Hamlet --
Romeo and Juliet - Richard II - King Lear --
Macbeth --
The Merchant of Venice - Measure for Measure - Twelfth Night - Much Ado About Nothing - A Midsummer Night's Dream --
Julius Caesar - Othello - Wolsey in Henry VIII --
Scenery - Costumes --
Company Ensembles - Shakespeare the Man - 'Effects' --
The Tempest - On Stage and Film --
The critics --
Harley Granville-Barker on King Lear --
Shakespeare Plays Directed by John Gielgud.
Responsibility: John Gielgud with John Miller.

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In his two seasons at London's Old Vic Theatre from 1929 to 1931 John Gielgud established himself in the forefront of Shakespearean actors, and in the six decades since then he has scaled the heights of most of the great parts, from Romeo, Richard II and Hamlet, to Macbeth, Lear and Prospero. American theatregoers acclaimed his 1936 Hamlet, which broke all previous records for the run of the play on Broadway, ironically exceeded only by his own production with Richard Burton in the title-role in 1964. In the Fifties and Sixties he toured his solo Shakespeare recital Ages of Man in more than sixty cities in Canada and the United States and recorded it for television; in 1959 he brought his original Stratford-on-Avon production of Much Ado About Nothing to Boston and New York, where he bade farewell to his brilliant Benedick. His Shakespearean films have been some of the most successful, notably his Cassius in Julius Caesar with Marlon Brando and James Mason, King Henry IV in Orson Welles's Chimes at Midnight and his most recent - Prospero's Books, directed by Peter Greenaway, in which he at last achieved his long-held ambition to bring The Tempest to the screen. In this book Sir John brings together a lifetime's experience of Shakespeare, as both actor and director, and illuminates the work and the man with his characteristic humor and intuitive perception of the challenges and rewards offered by these great verse-dramas. He draws vivid pictures of many fellow-actors and directors, and with the help of evocative and lavish illustrations weaves a brilliant theatrical tapestry of the twentieth century.

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