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Shakespeare on Theatre
Shakespeare scholar Nick de Somogyi draws together all the set pieces such as "All the world's a stage," Hamlet's encounters with the Players, and Bottom's amateur dramatics, along with less well-known but equally revealing passages. Interspersed throughout are insights into theater practices from Shakespeare's contemporaries.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published June 19th 2012 by Nick Hern Books
(first published April 10th 2012)
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Really helpful (for me!) book, which charts all of the references to theatre within Shakespeare's work and places them alongside extracts from his lesser known contemporaries to create a picture of Early Modern theatrical practice. Also a great one to reinforce the notion that the man who wrote the plays (that glover's son from Stratford upon Avon) was, above all things, a man of the theatre although that is not part of its remit at all.