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Playing Shakespeare

Author: John BartonJohn CarlawAndrew SnellMelvyn BraggNicholas EvansAll authors
Publisher: Silver Spring, Md. : Athena : Distributed by Acorn Media, ©2009.
Series: Playing Shakespeare.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : Biography   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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John Barton guides members of the Royal Shakespeare Company in nine intensive acting workshops, demonstrating how the Company makes Shakespeare's classic plays accessible to modern audiences without compromising the text's integrity.
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Genre/Form: Instructional television programs
Documentary television programs
Nonfiction television programs
Television programs for the hearing impaired
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Films for the hearing impaired
Named Person: William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare
Material Type: Biography, Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material, Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Barton; John Carlaw; Andrew Snell; Melvyn Bragg; Nicholas Evans; Peggy Ashcroft; Tony Church; Sinéad Cusack; Judi Dench; Susan Fleetwood; Mike Gwilym; Sheila Hancock; Lisa Harrow; Alan Howard; Ben Kingsley; Jane Lapotaire; Barbara Leigh-Hunt; Ian McKellen; Richard Pasco; Michael Pennington; Roger Rees; Norman Rodway; Donald Sinden; Patrick Stewart; David Suchet; Michael Williams; Guy Woolfenden; Royal Shakespeare Company.; London Weekend Television (Firm); ITV Global Entertainment.; Athena (Firm); Acorn Media (Firm)
ISBN: 9781598282214 1598282212
OCLC Number: 369276043
Language Note: In English, with optional English subtitles.
Notes: Title from container. Episode titles & disc numeration from disc menus.
Originally produced as 9 episodes of the television program Playing Shakespeare in 1982.
Special features (disc 1): actor biographies & RSC stage credits (for Aschcroft, Dench, Howard, Kingsley, McKellen, Stewart, Suchet). Viewer's guide includes highlights from each episode, questions to consider for each episode, a bibliography, a history of the RSC, and a glossary.
Credits: Cameramen, Lisle Middleditch, Mike Paterson ; videotape editor, Graham Roberts ; music by Guy Woolfenden.
Performer(s): Presented by John Barton ; Royal Shakespeare Company: Peggy Ashcroft, Tony Church, Sinead Cusack, Judi Dench, Susan Fleetwood, Mike Gwilym, Sheila Hancock, Lisa Harrow, Alan Howard, Ben Kingsley, Jane Lapotaire, Barbara Leigh-Hunt, Ian McKellen, Richard Pasco, Michael Pennington, Roger Rees, Norman Rodway, Donald Sinden, Patrick Stewart, David Suchet, Michael Williams.
Description: 4 videodiscs (ca. 456 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 viewer's guide (16 p. : col. ill. ; 15 cm.)
Details: DVD format ; Dolby digital.
Contents: Volume 1. Episode 1, The two traditions / with Mike Gwilym, Sheila Hancock, Lisa Harrow, Alan Howard, Ben Kingsley, Ian McKellan, and David Suchet ; Episode 2, Using the verse / with Sinéad Cusack, Sheila Hancock, Lisa Harrow, Alan Howard, Jane Lapotaire, Ian McKellan, Patrick Stewart, David Suchet, and Michael Williams ; Episode 3, Language and character / with Sinéad Cusack, Sheila Hancock, Lisa Harrow, Ben Kingsley, Michael Pennington, Roger Rees, Patrick Stewart, David Suchet, and Michael Williams (ca. 148 min.) --
Volume 2. Episode 4, Exploring a character / with Patrick Stewart and David Suchet ; Episode 5, Set speeches and soliloquies / with Tony Church, Sinéad Cusack, Judi Dench, Susan Fleetwood, Lisa Harrow, Alan Howard, Jane Lapotaire, Barbara Leigh-Hunt, Michael Pennington, Donald Sinden, Patrick Stewart, and David Suchet (ca. 102 min.) --
Volume 3. Episode 6, Irony and ambiguity / with Tony Church, Mike Gwilym, Alan Howard, Ben Kingsley, Jane Lapotaire, Richard Pasco, Michael Pennington, and Norman Rodway ; Episode 7, Passion and coolness / with Tony Church, Susan Fleetwood, Mike Gwilym, Sheila Hancock, Lisa Harrow, Ben Kingsley, Barbara Leigh-Hunt, Michael Pennington, Donald Sinden, and Patrick Stewart (ca. 102 min.). --
Volume 4. Episode 8, Rehearsing the text / with Judi Dench, Richard Pasco, Norman Rodway, and Michael Williams ; Episode 9, Poetry and hidden poetry / with Peggy Ashcroft, Lisa Harrow, Alan Howard, Ben Kingsley, Ian McKellan, Donald Sinden, and David Suchet (ca. 102 min.).
Series Title: Playing Shakespeare.
Responsibility: written and presented by John Barton ; directed by John Carlaw ; produced by Andrew Snell ; executive producers, Melvyn Bragg and Nick Evans ; [LWT ; ITV Global Entertainment].
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John Barton guides members of the Royal Shakespeare Company in nine intensive acting workshops, demonstrating how the Company makes Shakespeare's classic plays accessible to modern audiences without compromising the text's integrity.

"How does this world-renowned troupe make classic plays accessible to modern audiences, without compromising the text's integrity? How do actors search Shakespeare's verse for hidden clues to their characters' motivations? How do they balance intellect and passion to make theatre's most famous soliloquies seem fresh? The answers come from Barton and 21 of Britain's finest actors, including Oscar® winners Judi Dench (Shakespeare in Love, Iris), Ben Kingsley (Gandhi, Schindler's List), and Peggy Ashcroft (A Passage to India); Ian McKellen (The Lord of the Rings); Patrick Stewart (X-Men, Star Trek: The Next Generation); and David Suchet (Agatha Christie's Poirot)." -- Publisher's website.

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