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Actors and Acting in Shakespeare's Time: The Art of Stage Playing
John Astington brings the acting style of the Shakespearean period to life, describing and analyzing the art of the player in the English professional theater between Richard Tarlton and Thomas Betterton. The book pays close attention to the cultural context of stage playing, the critical language used about it, and the kinds of training and professional practice employed ...more
Hardcover, 252 pages
Published September 7th 2011 by Cambridge University Press
(first published September 30th 2010)
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An excellent exploration of how so many actors created one of the most famous literary moments in history, almost a century of stage performances centred in London. As I suspected and now have strong evidence, an actor's journey to the stage begins into the schoolroom, the fortunate few who learned their letters were familiar with the dramatic oratory from Roman literature. As the boys became apprentices and donned dresses for female roles, they quickly learned the ropes from seasoned veterans a ...more