A tour de force from a theatrical insider who has made it his life's business to plumb the breathing, living line for all that is fresh and true...A handbook that Hamlet might have given to his players. --Ink Pellet magazine
Accessible...detailed... Any student embarking on training, or any actor who wants to know more about Shakespeare's words and how to speak them, will learn a lot from this.... it leads actors into hitherto unknown territory with gentleness and wit. --The Stage
If you want to know how to do something well, find yourself the best expert in the field and get them to teach you. Giles Block is currently Master of the Words at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, and has been since its opening in 1999. ... I will certainly be using [his book] the next time I direct Shakespeare. --Teaching Drama Magazine
Fresh and innovative... provocative... includes material that you will not find elsewhere... a valuable addition to the field of manuals for teachers, directors and actors. --reviewsgate.com
Giles deepened my love for Shakespeare and for the way we all speak. I trust you will have a similar experience reading his book. --Mark Rylance, from his Foreword
'We call Giles our 'Text Guru' at the Globe, partly in jest, and partly out of respect for the depth of his knowledge, the gentleness of his teaching, and the sudden illuminations he can throw across a play. If this book can afford even a small part of the pleasure and insight Giles can provide in person, then it will be a great asset.' --Dominic Dromgoole, Artistic Director, Shakespeare's Globe
About the Author
Giles Block began his career as an actor, first turning to directing in the 1970s, working at the National Theatre as staff director under both Peter Hall and Richard Eyre. In 1999 Mark Rylance appointed him Master of the Words at Shakespeare's Globe, where he has worked ever since. He has directed several plays by Shakespeare, principally at Shakespeare's Globe and at the reconstructed Blackfriars Theatre in Virginia.