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Playing Shakespeare

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John Barton

Published by Methuen

In the first half of the book, Barton attempts an objective analysis of how Shakespeare's text actually works, examining the use of verse and prose, set speeches and soliloquies, language and character

In the second half he concentrates on the more subjective areas such as irony and ambiguity, passion and coolness

This book springs from a nine-part London Weekend Television series, in which these various topics were investigated in front of the cameras by Barton and a group of well-known Shakespearean actors including 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 and Michael Williams

Useful for actors and scholars, this book will also aid teachers and students working on Shakespeare's plays in the classroom

"One of the sanest, wisest, and most practical volumes I have ever read about Shakespeare" Michael Billington (The Guardian)

John Barton has been with the Royal Shakespeare Company since 1960 where he has directed 26 of Shakespeare's plays

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