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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (21 Aug. 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571152791
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571152797
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 512,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Steven Berkoff was born in Stepney, East London and started acting at the City Literary Institute when he was 19. Following more training at the Webber Douglas School of Drama, he worked extensively in repertory theatre in England and Scotland - doing every job from understudy to stage management. In 1968 he formed his own company, the London Theatre Group. Through mime, gymnastics and voice, the Group liberated themselves from the conventions of mainstream theatre and started to evolve an innovative, more integrated theatrical language. Berkoff's encounter with the mime artist Jacque le Coq in Paris was seminal in this. Steven Berkoff's plays include East, West, Sink the Belgrano!, Decadence, Kvetch, Acapulco, Ritual in Blood, Oedipus, Messiah: Scenes from a Crucifixtion, The Secret Love Life of Ophelia, West, Decadence, Sit and Shiver, Greek, Harry's Christmas, Lunch, Acapulco, Sink the Belgrano!, Massage, Sturm und Drang and Brighton Beach Scumbags. He has written an autobiography, Free Association, and the theatre books I Am Hamlet, Overview and Meditations on Metamorphosis. Among Berkoff's film credits are Octopussy, Beverly Hills Cop and his own production of Decadence.

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An actor's Hamlet 26 Feb. 2012
By Robert G. Leroe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Actor/Director Steven Berkoff accomplishes 3 things in his book: He gives an analysis of the play for readers, helpful insight for actors, and an account of an actual production that he toured throughout Europe. This is not an edition of the play with notes, but rather look at each scene in order with anecdotes, opinion, memoir, and insight into the psychology of the characters. From the outset Berkoff explains how the actor brings himself into the role, and how any personality type can play Hamlet. He takes us through the play with interesting stories of his theater company and his take on the intent behind the action. One may not concur with every take, but I can only say I was left with a better understanding of a play I was already familiar with. I'd like an update with Berkoff's opinion of Gibson, Stewart, and Branaugh's Hamlets on screen. Anyone interested in Shakespeare will find this book helpful and enjoyable.
Berkoff's great gift to readers and players of "Hamlet" 21 Jan. 2013
By Frank Rizzo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I've read a lot of critiques and essays on "Hamlet," I've scoured the comparisons to other works such as "Oedipus, " and I've talked to more Shakespeare scholars and fans than I can count.

Though I readily admit I will never have a thorough, comprehensive understanding of this play (and I don't really want that, as the exploration is such a joy), this book is the most useful, clear, definitive analysis I think I've ever read.

Unlike other critics, Berkoff doesn't explore Hamlet (and the other characters) by observing them. He examines them from the inside by reverse-engineering their motives and thoughts from their words.

He creates a whole new porthole for examining the work, and it's fascinating. Bravo, Mr. Berkoff, and thank you.
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