Renaissance Drama in Action

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 1998-06-22
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Renaissance Drama in Actionis a fascinating exploration of Renaissance theatre practice and staging. Covering questions of contemporary playhouse design, verse and language, staging and rehearsal practices, and acting styles, Martin White relates the characteristics of Renaissance theatre to the issues involved in staging the plays today. This refreshingly accessible volume examines the history of the plays on the English stage from the seventeenth century to the present day and explores questions arising from reconstructions, with particular reference to the new Globe Theatre. It includes interviews with, and draws on the work and experience of modern theatre practitioners including Harriet Walter, Matthew Warchus, Trevor Nunn, Stephen Jeffreys, Adrian Noble and Helen Mirren.Renaissance Drama in Actionis an invaluable guide to the Elizabethan and Jacobean drama, and its relationship to contemporary theatre and staging.

Table of Contents

Abbreviationsp. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xi
'Comedies Are Writ to Be Spoken, Not Read'p. 1
'the Life of These Things Consists in Action'p. 22
'speeches Well Pronounced, with Action Lively Framed'p. 58
Outdoor Playing Spaces and Theatre Practicep. 109
Chambers of Demonstrationsp. 144
'Poison in Jest'p. 177
'A Good Play Gone Wrong'p. 197
Postscriptp. 233
Notesp. 235
Bibliographyp. 245
Indexp. 259
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