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Look to the lady : Sarah Siddons, Ellen Terry, and Judi Dench on the Shakespearean stage

Author: Russ McDonald
Publisher: Athens : University of Georgia Press, ©2005.
Series: Jack N. and Addie D. Averitt lecture series, no. 12.
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"Look to the Lady examines the careers, talents, and styles of Sarah Siddons, Ellen Terry, and Judi Dench, the three women who were acknowledged, each in her time, as the greatest interpreter of Shakespeare's heroines. In the eighteenth century, Siddons was celebrated for playing Shakespeare's tragic women in a heroic, even "sublime" style. Terry, who reigned over the late-nineteenth-century stage, had a softer,  Read more...
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Named Person: William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; Ellen Terry, Dame; Sarah Siddons; Judi Dench; Ellen Terry, Schauspieler.; Judi Dench; William Shakespeare; Sarah Siddons
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Russ McDonald
ISBN: 0820325066 9780820325064
OCLC Number: 56615806
Description: xviii, 172 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: Sarah Siddons --
Ellen Terry --
Judi Dench.
Series Title: Jack N. and Addie D. Averitt lecture series, no. 12.
Responsibility: Russ McDonald.
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Examines the careers, talents, and styles of three women who were acknowledged, each in her time, as the greatest interpreter of Shakespeare's heroines: Sarah Siddons, Ellen Terry, and Judi Dench.  Read more...

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