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See below for a selection of the latest books from Shakespeare plays category. Presented with a red border are the Shakespeare plays books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Shakespeare plays books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

Reading the Road from Shakespeare to Bunyan

Reading the Road from Shakespeare to Bunyan

Author: Lisa Hopkins Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/12/2019

This book brings together thirteen essays, by both established and emerging scholars, which examine the most influential meanings of roads in early modern literature and culture. Chapters develop our understanding of the place of the road in the early modern imagination and open various windows on a geography which may by its nature seem passing or trivial but is in fact central to all conceptions of movement. They also shed new light on perhaps the most astonishing achievement of early modern plays: their use of one small, bare space to suggest an amazing variety of physical and potentially metaphysical locations.

Shakespeare and Girls' Studies

Shakespeare and Girls' Studies

Author: Ariane M. (Texas Christian University, USA) Balizet Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/12/2019

A modern-dayTaming of the Shrew that concludes at a high school prom. An agoraphobic Olivia from Twelfth Night sending video dispatches from her bedroom. A time-traveling Juliet trapped in an eternal battle with her greatest enemy, Romeo. Students, scholars, performers, and fans of Shakespeare have likely noticed that Shakespeare in popular culture is increasingly becoming the domain of the adolescent girl. Shakespeare and Girls' Studies is a volume that engages the interdisciplinary field of Girls' Studies to analyze adaptation and cultural appropriation of Shakespeare's plays in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Shakespeare and Girls' Studies argues that girls hold a central place in Shakespearean adaptation, taking as its subject the overlap between Shakespeare's timeless girl heroines and contemporary popular culture that embraces figures like Juliet and Ophelia to understand and validate the experiences of girls. Focusing on film, television, young adult fiction, feminist pedagogy, and online video series aimed at girl readers and audiences, this volume explores the history of Shakespeare and girlhood and impact of girl cultures and concerns on Shakespeare's afterlife in popular culture.

Application of the Michael Chekhov Technique to Shakespeare's Sonnets, Soliloquies and Monologues

Application of the Michael Chekhov Technique to Shakespeare's Sonnets, Soliloquies and Monologues

Author: Mark Monday Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/12/2019

Application of the Michael Chekhov Technique to Shakespeare's Sonnets, Soliloquies and Monologues illustrates how to apply the Michael Chekhov Technique, through exercises and rehearsal techniques, to a wide range of Shakespeare's works. The book begins with a comprehensive chapter on the definitions of the various aspects of the technique, followed by five chapters covering Shakespeare's sonnets, comedies, tragedies, histories, and romances. This volume offers a very specific path, via Michael Chekhov, on how to put theory into practice and bring one's own artistic life into the work of Shakespeare. Offering a wide range of pieces that can be used as audition material, Application of the Michael Chekhov Technique to Shakespeare's Sonnets, Soliloquies and Monologues is an excellent resource for acting teachers, directors, and actors specializing in the work of William Shakespeare. The book also includes access to a video on Psychological Gesture to facilitate the application of this acting tool to Shakespeare's scenes.

Application of the Michael Chekhov Technique to Shakespeare's Sonnets, Soliloquies and Monologues

Application of the Michael Chekhov Technique to Shakespeare's Sonnets, Soliloquies and Monologues

Author: Mark Monday Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/12/2019

Application of the Michael Chekhov Technique to Shakespeare's Sonnets, Soliloquies and Monologues illustrates how to apply the Michael Chekhov Technique, through exercises and rehearsal techniques, to a wide range of Shakespeare's works. The book begins with a comprehensive chapter on the definitions of the various aspects of the technique, followed by five chapters covering Shakespeare's sonnets, comedies, tragedies, histories, and romances. This volume offers a very specific path, via Michael Chekhov, on how to put theory into practice and bring one's own artistic life into the work of Shakespeare. Offering a wide range of pieces that can be used as audition material, Application of the Michael Chekhov Technique to Shakespeare's Sonnets, Soliloquies and Monologues is an excellent resource for acting teachers, directors, and actors specializing in the work of William Shakespeare. The book also includes access to a video on Psychological Gesture to facilitate the application of this acting tool to Shakespeare's scenes.

Teachers in Early Modern English Drama Pedagogy and Authority

Teachers in Early Modern English Drama Pedagogy and Authority

Author: Jean Lambert Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/12/2019

Starting from the early modern presumption of the incorporation of role with authority, Jean Lambert explores male teachers as representing and engaging with types of authority in English plays and dramatic entertainments by Shakespeare and his contemporaries from the late sixteenth to the early seventeenth century. This book examines these theatricalized portraits in terms of how they inflect aspects of humanist educational culture and analyzes those ideas and practices of humanist pedagogy that carry implications for the traditional foundations of authority. Teachers in Early Modern English Drama is a fascinating study through two centuries of teaching Shakespeare and his contemporaries and will be a valuable resource for undergraduates, postgraduates, and scholars interested in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century drama, writing, and culture.

The First Quarto of `The Merry Wives of Windsor'

The First Quarto of `The Merry Wives of Windsor'

Author: David (University of Leeds) Lindley Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/11/2019

The First Quarto of The Merry Wives of Windsor is the most fascinatingly problematic of all the early Shakespearean texts. Was it an authorial first draft? Or a cut-down version of the better-known Folio text designed for acting? Or a text put together from faulty actors' memories? Or a reported text assembled by notetakers from attendance at the theatre? None of these theories, though advanced and interrogated for the last 250 years, is totally convincing. The Introduction to this edition explores the various attempts to make sense of the short version of the play, demonstrating the ways in which preferences for one theory or another reflect the changes in editorial theory and fashion over the centuries. The modernised text and its commentary enable the reader to enter into this ongoing and endlessly intriguing debate.

Ngaio Marsh's Hamlet The 1943 production script

Ngaio Marsh's Hamlet The 1943 production script

Author: Polly Hoskins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/11/2019

Dame Ngaio Marsh (1895-1982) was one of the greatest crime writers of the twentieth century. Marsh was also a gifted Shakespearean director, establishing her reputation in 1943 with the Canterbury University Drama Society modern-dress production of 'Hamlet'. Fast-paced, with a deftly-cut script, and featuring especially commissioned incidental music by Douglas Lilburn, Ngaio Marsh's production of 'Hamlet' was a hit with wartime audiences. Marsh's 1943 'Hamlet' production typescript is reproduced here for the first time, together with Lilburn's previously unpublished music and a selection of archival photographs. An introductory essay by Polly Hoskins examines the staging of the production and the wartime context in which the play was performed, offering broader reflection on Marsh's compositional approach, and a note from Robert Hoskins introduces Lilburn's music. This edition makes the perfect starting point for enriching our understanding of Ngaio Marsh as a Shakespearean director and producer, and presents a fresh perspective on New Zealand's theatre history.

Shakespeare for Every Day of the Year

Shakespeare for Every Day of the Year

Author: Allie Esiri Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 31/10/2019

From Allie Esiri, editor of the bestselling A Poem for Every Day of the Year and A Poem for Every Night of the Year, comes this beautiful audio anthology of Shakespeare's works. William Shakespeare wrote at least 37 plays, 154 sonnets and a handful of longer poems and you can discover them all here. Each track of this unique collection contains an extract, which might be a famous poem, quote or scene, matched to the date, performed by leading actors such as Sir Simon Russell Beale, Helen McCrory, and Damian Lewis. Allie Esiri's introductions give her readers a new window into the work, time and life of the greatest writer in the English language. Shakespeare for Every Day of the Year is perfect for listening or sharing and brings you Shakespeare's best-known and best-loved classics alongside lesser known extracts read b ya range of award-winning Shakespearean actors. Esiri's entertaining and insightful thoughts on each entry will fill your year with wonder, laughter, wisdom and wit. The complete cast of performers are: Sir Simon Russell Beale, Helen McCrory, Damian Lewis, Hattie Morahan, Pappa Essiedu, Jade Anouka, Ben Allen and Jot Davies.

New Places: Shakespeare and Civic Creativity

New Places: Shakespeare and Civic Creativity

Author: Paul (The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, UK) Edmondson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/10/2019

New Places: Shakespeare and Civic Creativity documents and analyses the different ways in which a range of innovative projects take Shakespeare out into the world beyond education and the theatre. Mixing critical reflection on the social value of Shakespeare with new creative work in different forms and idioms, the volume triumphantly shows that Shakespeare can make a real contribution to contemporary civic life. Highlights include: Garrick's 1769 Shakespeare ode, its revival in 2016, and a devised performance interpretation of it; the full text of Carol Ann Duffy's A Shakespeare Masque (set to music by Sally Beamish); a new Shakespearean libretto inspired by Wagner; an exploration of the civic potential of new Shakespeare opera and ballet; a fresh Shakespeare-inspired poetic liturgy, including commissions by major British poets; a production of The Merchant of Venice marking the 500th anniversary of the Venetian Jewish Ghetto; and a remaking of Pericles as a response to the global migrant crisis.

Choreographing Shakespeare Dance Adaptations of the Plays and Poems

Choreographing Shakespeare Dance Adaptations of the Plays and Poems

Author: Elizabeth (University of Houston Clear Lake, USA) Klett Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/10/2019

Choreographing Shakespeare presents a hitherto unexplored history of the choreographers and performers who have created dance adaptations of Shakespeare. This book investigates forty dance works in genres such as ballet, modern dance, and hip-hop, produced between 1940 and 2016 by choreographers in Britain, America, and Europe, all of which use Shakespeare's plays and Sonnets as their source material. By combining scholarly analysis of these productions with practice-based conversations from six contemporary choreographers, Klett offers both breadth of coverage and in-depth analysis of how Shakespeare's poetic language is translated into the usually wordless medium of dance, and shows exactly how these dance adaptations move beyond the Shakespearean texts to engage with musical and choreographic influences. Ideal for students of Shakespeare and Dance Studies, Choreographing Shakespeare explores how dance adaptations strive to design legible and intelligible stories, while ultimately celebrating the beauty of pure movement.

Choreographing Shakespeare Dance Adaptations of the Plays and Poems

Choreographing Shakespeare Dance Adaptations of the Plays and Poems

Author: Elizabeth (University of Houston Clear Lake, USA) Klett Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/10/2019

Choreographing Shakespeare presents a hitherto unexplored history of the choreographers and performers who have created dance adaptations of Shakespeare. This book investigates forty dance works in genres such as ballet, modern dance, and hip-hop, produced between 1940 and 2016 by choreographers in Britain, America, and Europe, all of which use Shakespeare's plays and Sonnets as their source material. By combining scholarly analysis of these productions with practice-based conversations from six contemporary choreographers, Klett offers both breadth of coverage and in-depth analysis of how Shakespeare's poetic language is translated into the usually wordless medium of dance, and shows exactly how these dance adaptations move beyond the Shakespearean texts to engage with musical and choreographic influences. Ideal for students of Shakespeare and Dance Studies, Choreographing Shakespeare explores how dance adaptations strive to design legible and intelligible stories, while ultimately celebrating the beauty of pure movement.

Untimely Deaths in Renaissance Drama

Untimely Deaths in Renaissance Drama

Author: Andrew Griffin Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/10/2019

In the decades before history was institutionalized as a scholarly discipline, historical writing was practiced variously by poets, record keepers, lawyers, sermonizers, mythologizers, and philosophers. In this welter of competing forms of historical thought, early modern drama often operated as a site in which claims about the nature of historical change could be treated in a frequently conflicting manner. To explore this arena of competing forms of historical explanation, Untimely Deaths in Renaissance Drama focuses on the problem of narrative abruption in a selection of historically minded early modern plays as they rely on various strategies to make sense of biography and fatality. Arguing that narrative forms fail in the face of untimely death, Andrew Griffin shows that the disruption appears as a matter of trauma, making the untimely death both a point of narrative conflict and a social problem. Exploring the formula that early modern dramatists used to make sense of life and death, this book draws on the wider context of this period's culture of historical writing.