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Actors and acting in Shakespeare's time : the art of stage playing

Author: John Astington
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"John Astington brings the acting style of the Shakespearean period to life, describing and analysing the art of the player in the English professional theatre between Richard Tarlton and Thomas Betterton. The book pays close attention to the cultural context of stage playing, the critical language used about it, and the kinds of training and professional practice employed in the theatre at various times over the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John Astington
ISBN: 9780521192507 0521192501 9780521140775 0521140773
OCLC Number: 702162039
Description: vii, 252 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : the purpose of playing --
Shadows, jests, and counterfeits --
Playing and education --
Apprentices --
Playing many parts --
Players at work --
Conclusion --
Appendix : principal actors 1558-1660.
Responsibility: John H. Astington.
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A survey of acting in the Shakespearean period, this book describes and analyses individual performers, styles of performance, theatrical companies, and casting. Perfect for courses, it will be of  Read more...

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'The book offers a complex, lively, absorbing sense of the acting profession, its 'art' and social networks.' Eleanor Lowe, Early Theatre

 
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