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Rehearsal from Shakespeare to Sheridan

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Attention is often given to the performance of a text, but not to the shaping process behind that performance. The question of rehearsal is seldom confronted directly, though important textual moments - like revision - are often attributed to it. Furthermore, up until now, facts about theatrical rehearsal have been considered irrecoverable.

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Paperback, 350 pages
Published November 1st 2007 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published January 1st 2000)
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Libby Beyreis
Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
It's not for everyone, but if you're interested in how theater was rehearsed and performed in Shakespeare's time through the 18th century in England, there is a wealth of fascinating information here. I knew about actors getting their scripts in "parts", but I did not know how much that affected the rehearsal and performance process; nor did I realize how long that approach persisted through the early modern period. The book draws on personal writings, diaries, notes in prompt copies of scripts, ...more
Michael Handy
Jun 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A truly astounding amount of scholarship went into writing this book. Tiffany Stern has documented enormous bodies of evidence about theatrical practice from the mid-sixteenth through late eighteenth centuries. I have to confess I only read through the closure of the theaters in 1642 (my interests do not at this time extend to Restoration theater), but I found the whole fascinating. I read with an eye for one particular project I'm working on, but Stern's book has sparked ideas for two other pro ...more
Michael P.
Sep 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book that asks a simple question, “What were rehearsals like from Shakespeare’s time to Sheridan’s?” and finds extremely complex answers. Voraciously researched, fastidiously evidenced, and clearly stated, Stern has uncovered hundreds of interesting and important facts with only a little of the speculation that mars many studies—and she usually lets you know when she speculates. An important book that must be read by scholars of early modern and Restoration drama and historians of theatr ...more
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