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Shakespeare's Theatre [Paperback]

Andrew Langley , June Everett


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April 1999
This volume about the Globe Theatre in London is a history both of how it was used in Shakespeare's time, and of its rebuilding over the past 15 years. One artist, June Everett, has recorded the rebuilding of the theatre from the beginning in a series of watercolours. They record the detail as well as the atmosphere of the site. The paintings are accompanied by photographs of contemporary drawings and paintings, and by a text that weaves together the two strands of Tudor history and modern rebuilding.

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"Photographs and drawings of recent productions put readers in the audience at a theater bright with richly colored tapestries, faux-marble pillars, and gold-leafed ceilings... Langley's brief text, enhanced by well-chosen paintings and photos, is a solid and appealing introduction to Elizabethan theater for older readers."--School Library Journal (starred review)"This factual, focused and lively history is illustrated with 17 years' worth of paintings and drawings rendered by Everett, the 'Artist of the Record' for the recent renovation of the Globe Theatre... The drawings and photographs... make Elizabethan architecture and theatrical style come alive. Everett has an eye for space and detail... The prose is clear and peppered with interesting tidbits about Elizabethan life... Future architects and actors will love this thorough and appealing history, as will anyone interested in the Elizabethan age."--Publishers Weekly"There are many books about Shakespeare's theatre, but I doubt you'll find another that approaches the subject from Langley's modern point of view.... Reads like a storybook with beautiful paintings.... This book has it all. Beautifully written, illustrated, and printed, it will be a popular resource for students of Shakespeare, architecture, history, or literature. Highly Recommended."--Book Report (starred review)"The Bard's life and times, brilliantly brought to life in the tale of London's Globe, its past glory and remarkable reconstruction."--Smithsonian"There's a clever parallel structure in this book about the old and new Globe theatres... This intricate relationship between and image will intrigue sophisticated readers... In addition to the theater structure itself, Langley describes theatre practices of the day showing readers what it was like onstage, backstage, and in the audience."--Booklist"A fascinating, step-by-step look at [the rebuilding of the Globe]. Everett provides breathtaking watercolors a --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Andrew Langley is the author of Amelia Earhart, Hans Christian Andersen (both OUP, 1998) and several history books for children. He lives in England.June Everett was appointed Artist of the Record at the Globe Theatre in London by Sam Wanamaker. Her paintings have been exhibited at London's Royal Festival Hall and across England and Germany. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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