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On actors and acting

Author: Peter Thomson
Publisher: Exeter, Devon, UK : University of Exeter Press, 2000.
Series: Exeter performance studies.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"An interest in actors and acting has been a common theme in Peter Thomson's published work on Shakespeare, Brecht and British theatre from the middle ages to the present. This collection of his essays on that theme are divided into three sections. The first centres on Elizabethan theatre practice; acting styles, the art of making an entrance on the open stage, rehearsal practices, the impact of the jig, and the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Thomson
ISBN: 0859896714 9780859896719
OCLC Number: 44786156
Description: xiii, 211 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. The Elizabethan actor: a matter of temperament --
2. Making an entrance: from Chaucer to Tarlton --
3. The missing jig --
4. Three Elizabethan actors --
5. A note on Elizabethan rehearsal --
6. Bigamy and theatre --
7. David Garrick: alive in every muscle --
8. Summer company: Drury Lane in 1761 --
9. Edmund Kean versus John Philip Kemble --
10. Frederick Robson: 'a downright good actor' --
11. Irving and the Lyceum: volcano and cathedral --
12. Shakespeare at Stratfor: 1970-1975 --
13. The New Globe: monument or portent?
Series Title: Exeter performance studies.
Responsibility: Peter Thomson.
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This is a book for theatre-lovers, written for anyone who shares the author's curiosity about the art of acting and about theatre past and present.  Read more...

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"Thomson's affection for actors, advocacy for the primacy of the actor's role in the theatrical process, and strong belief in the significant art of the actor permeate this eclectic, learned, and Read more...

 
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