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Shakespeare in Action


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Acknowledgements Introduction THE INTERVIEWS The Cast Jade Anouka Ankur Bahl Eve Best Sandy Grierson John Harrell Alex Hassell Amer Hlehel Colin Hurley T.R. Knight Andrew Long Jonathan McGuinness Pippa Nixon Juliet Rylance Jonathan Slinger Emily Taafe Yolanda Vazquez The Creatives Mike Alfreds Tim Carroll Bunny Christie Geraldine Collinge Michael Corbidge Gregory Doran Polly Findlay Lindsay Kemp Ethan McSweeny Bruce O'Neill Tom Piper Renato Rocha Claire van Kampen Sian Williams CONCLUSIONS About the Author References Suggested Further Reading Index

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A unique book about how theatre practice impacts and informs productions of Shakespeare which will give students a critical toolkit with which to study the plays as performance.

About the Author

Jaq Bessell is the Director of Postgraduate Studies and Programme Leader for MA/MFA Acting at the Guildford School of Acting, University of Surrey, UK. After gaining her PhD, she spent the six years working in the professional theatre, first at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis and later as Head of Research at Shakespeare's Globe in London. Later, she taught acting at the Actor Training Program at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City before joining the faculty in the M.Litt/M.F.A. programme in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature in Performance at Mary Baldwin College in partnership with the American Shakespeare Center. She then became a lecturer and fellow at the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon. Her work with actors is the source, form, and outlet for her ongoing research in Early Modern drama, particularly the plays of Shakespeare.


An engaging resource for anyone with an interest in Shakespeare performance, the politics of who can speak Shakespeare, how to speak Shakespeare, whom Shakespeare belongs to, and the alchemic transformation from words on a page, to actions on a stage. * SKENE Journal of Theatre and Drama Studies *
There is something for everybody in Shakespeare in Action. The book is very much designed to help a wide range of those with an interest in the subject, not merely actors and theatre makers ... [readers will] learn a great deal about the ways in which actors and those offstage approach Shakespearean production today. * British Theatre Guide *

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