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Informative - with or without the DVD,
This review is from: Playing Shakespeare (Performance Books) (Paperback)
I have owned this book for a number of years and have come to rely on it as a common sense guide to how to exploit the language of Shakespeare for maximum theatrical effect.
Yes, it is a bit 'luvvy' in places but at the end of the day, it is a wonderful record of some of the greatest speakers of Shakespeare ever to have graced the modern stage. When I bought my copy, there wasn't a way of seeing the original series - and yet I still managed to draw lots of useful material from the text alone. Now, it is available with or without a DVD of some of the broadcasts (or you can buy the full set on its own) - but for many people, the book will be enough.
Barton has a direct and unfussy approach to language. He acknowledges how things have changed over the centuries and he is not at all precious about it. He leads his actors with wit, warmth and humour - and that shows in the transcripts we have in the book.
It really should be in the collection of anyone who aspires to work with Shakespeare - as actor or director. Even someone who just wants to get to know the plays better would find it an illuminating read.