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Shakespeare's Advice to the Players [Hardcover]

Sir Peter Hall
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7 July 2003
This is a new edition for a new generation compact and concise with the facts, the way modern students and actors need it. The pay-off of the book according to Sir Peter is simple it will make you a better actor! Written by the founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company, this really is advice from the expert. Shakespeare tells the actor when to go fast and when to go slow; when to pause, when to come in on cue and when to accent a word. His text is full of such clues. Shakespeare heard the lines as he wrote them. Shakespeare s Advice to the Players makes watching or reading Shakespeare a richer experience, for audiences as well as actors.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Product details

  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Absolute Classics (7 July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840023724
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840023725
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 552,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Acting students and young professionals will flock to learn from him….passionate, entertaining… Indisputably wise and true… Wonderfully illuminating'  Telegraph


'As fascinating to readers as it is to actors'  Independent


'This is the most fabulously hybrid book – part actor’s handbook, part memoir – what is most inspiring is Hall’s conviction that form can be as exciting as feeling/ Acting in this way is more than just listening to Shakespeare – it is responding to Shakespeare’s linear needs'  Observer

--Observer --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Sir Peter Hall is one of the greatest theatre, film and opera directors of our time. At the age of 29 he founded the Royal Shakespeare Company. In 1973 he became Director of the National Theatre and opened the new theatres on the South Bank. The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the Metropolitan opera and Bayreuth. To date he has directed over two hundred productions, including the world premiere in English of Samuel Beckett's 'Waiting for Godot', and the premieres of most of Harold Pinter's plays. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Play's the Thing! 13 April 2010
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Sir Peter Hall believes the best way to learn and understand Shakespeare is through performance--not just watching others perform it you understand but performing it with others yourself. This can be done at any time of life starting in the classroom or for older enthusiasts simply with a group of friends, but it should be done.

This book illustrates how to understand Shakespeare's text for performance purposes. It makes a perfect companion to John Barton's "Playing Shakespeare", which is also newly re-printed. Get the DVD set as well of Barton's 1982 TV series that generated his book. Barton and Hall were co-founders of the RSC.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
If you want to understand why Sir Peter Hall has been preeminent in the direction of Shakespeare for fifty years this is the book for you. It may seem intimidating initially, and it isn't primarily aimed at the ordinary audience member, but regular theatre-goers will find it absorbing. Shakespeare didn't do stage directions - except in very rare cases. Hall shows that this doesn't matter because it is all in the verse and prose. The way speeches are structured, both in respect of the language and the form, reveal how they should be played. For Hall there are few doubts about Shakespeare's meaning or his intentions because it is all there in the text.

There are two geniuses on show in this book - the inimitable Shakespeare and the extraordinary Peter Hall. Why is a Hall production un-missable - because he understands Shakespeare's intent every time and has the ability to communicate that intent to his players.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Peter Hall at his best. 22 Nov 2013
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The wonderful Peter Hall dissects the plays of Shakespeare with his scholarly knife. This book is a must for those interested in the works of William Shakespeare.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A classic, if a bit dated 28 Mar 2011
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This book is one of the two classics available to actors who work on shakespearean drama. It provides a thorough grounding to uncovering the clues in the bard's plays. However, I think that the argument on how prescriptive form is has shifted in the last few decades so that if you were just using this book your interpretation might appear a bit dated. Used in conjunction with a good tutor/class, acting skill and organicity, it is a valuable reference.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clear, concise and engossing 11 Dec 2009
An absolutely brilliant and entertaining explanation of the glory of Shakespeare's verse and prose by the greatest director of his plays. No one understands, appreciates and communicates Shakespeare's text better than Peter Hall, and this book is not only an inispensible one for actors but an egrossing one for anyone who enjoys theatre. The choice of illustrations compliments the selection of texts.
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