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This Wide and Universal Theater: Shakespeare in Performance, Then and Now

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Many readers first encounter Shakespeare’s plays in a book rather than a theater. Yet Shakespeare was through and through a man of the stage. So what do we lose when we leave Shakespeare the practitioner behind, and what do we learn when we think about his plays as dramas to be performed?

David Bevington answers these questions with This Wide and Universal Theater, which e
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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by University Of Chicago Press (first published April 15th 2007)
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Kelly
Mar 14, 2016 Kelly rated it liked it
The introductory material in the Arden plays is often very good with respect to the performance history of each play, as well as some original stagecraft notes. The problem (if there is one) is that the sheer volume of material can be overwhelming. This volume is a nice alternative in that it’s relatively slim, but hits on many of the salient points that are made elsewhere in exhausting detail. Unfortunately, it reads like something written by a professor for his undergraduates; as such, it does ...more
Larry
May 14, 2010 Larry rated it really liked it
The history of the performance of Shakespeare's plays might seem like a dry or arcane subject, but actually it allows Shakespeare scholar and master lecturer Bevington to give a capsule overview of how nearly every individual play works in the theater and the inventive ways Shakespeare used and played with how theater works. In particular it's fascinating how many of his plays have a writer character, managing and controlling everything that goes on (or at least attempting to). Everyone notices ...more
Mark
Jun 02, 2011 Mark rated it liked it
The opening chapters show promise as Bevington digs into the physical spaces that Shakespeare originally performed in, and how his writing was specifically designed for his company and his stage. It loses steam as we move from practical stagecraft into discussions that primarily discuss metatheatricality instead of stagecraft. His overview of particular performances can be worthwhile, but too much time is spent in each chapter repeating the same general arc of Shakespearean staging in the 19th a ...more
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