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Shakespeare in the theatre : Peter Hall

Author: Stuart Hampton-Reeves
Publisher: London, UK ; New York, NY : The Arden Shakespeare, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2019.
Series: Shakespeare in the Theatre.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Peter Hall is one of the most significant and influential directors of Shakespeare's work of modern times. Through both his own work and the management of two national theatre companies, the National Theatre and the RSC, Hall has promoted Shakespeare as a writer who can comment incisively on the modern world. His best productions exemplified this approach: Coriolanus (1959), The Wars of the Roses (1963) and Hamlet  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Named Person: Peter Hall; William Shakespeare; Peter Hall; William Shakespeare
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stuart Hampton-Reeves
ISBN: 9781472587077 1472587073
OCLC Number: 1098218256
Description: vii, 211 pages ; 21 cm.
Contents: Nostalgia and politics at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre --
Nation, culture and authority at the Royal Shakespeare Company --
Authority in crisis at the National Theatre --
Protest and politics at the National Theatre --
Death and sexuality after the National Theatre --
Playing Shakespeare in America --
National stages.
Series Title: Shakespeare in the Theatre.
Responsibility: Stuart Hampton-Reeves.

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"Peter Hall is one of the most significant and influential directors of Shakespeare's work of modern times. Through both his own work and the management of two national theatre companies, the National Theatre and the RSC, Hall has promoted Shakespeare as a writer who can comment incisively on the modern world. His best productions exemplified this approach: Coriolanus (1959), The Wars of the Roses (1963) and Hamlet (1965) established his reputation as a director able to bring Shakespeare to the heart of contemporary politics. However, Hall's career has been very varied, and sometimes his critical failures are as interesting as his successes. The book explores Hall's work as a deliberate articulation of Shakespeare and national culture in the post-war years. The main focus is on his Shakespeare work, but critical attention is also given to non-Shakespearean productions, notably his 1955 Waiting for Godot (and his relationship with Samuel Beckett in general) and his 2000 Tantalus (and his work with John Barton), placing Hall's work in its cultural and creative context. Setting Hall's work against the post-war development of national culture, the book explores how his work with other writers and artists (including Beckett, Pinter and Barton) informed his approach to directing as well as his rehearsal methods and his approach to Shakespeare's text"--

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This fascinating and richly detailed study of the Shakespeare productions of one of the greatest theatre directors of recent times excels at placing them within their social and political context. -- Read more...

 
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