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The Shakespeare Handbooks

The Shakespeare Handbooks

Shakespeare’s Contemporaries

23 Volumes | 2005 - 2016

Description

The Shakespeare Handbooks are introductory guides to each of the key plays that encourage students to develop an informed and independent understanding of the texts. Their central feature is a scene-by-scene commentary that considers the potential of the action and dialogue in performance and provides an experience as close to a theatre visit as possible in print. A brief history of the text and early performances, a selection of contextual documents illuminating the origins of the play, case studies of key performances and productions, and a wide sampling of critical opinion with an annotated list for further reading complete each volume in this series. These books will give students an up-to-date and comprehensive introduction to the study of Shakespeare.

All books of the series The Shakespeare Handbooks

2016 | Shakespeare | Book

Christopher Marlowe Doctor Faustus

This introductory guide to one of Marlowe's most widely-studied plays offers a scene-by-scene theatrically aware commentary, a brief history of the text and first performances, case studies of key performances and productions, a survey of screen …

2015 | Shakespeare | Book

Ben Jonson Volpone

One of the blackest comedies ever written, Ben Jonson's Volpone is the masterpiece of a playwright all too frequently dismissed for being unnecessarily dark and academic. Merciless in its depiction of avarice, this rich and masterful play provokes …

2014 | Shakespeare | Book

John Webster The Duchess of Malfi

The Duchess of Malfi is generally regarded as John Webster's finest play, a masterpiece of tragic depth and emotional complexity. The conflict between private love and public political behaviour for a passionate but circumscribed woman is as …

2012 | Shakespeare | Book

John Webster the White Devil

The White Devil is one of the great plays of the Jacobean era. In this vibrant Handbook, Stephen Purcell offers an in-depth, performance-focused exploration of John Webster's thrilling, unsettling and darkly comic tragedy. The Handbook includes:
• …

2012 | Shakespeare | Book

John Ford

’Tis Pity She’s a Whore

'Tis Pity She's a Whore is one of the most controversial plays ever staged in the English theatre. In this illuminating Handbook, Martin White:
• offers an in-depth, moment-by-moment analysis of the play, looking at how it might be performed on …

2012 | Shakespeare | Book

Thomas Middleton and William Rowley

The Changeling

The Changeling by Thomas Middleton and William Rowley is a luridly sensual dramatic work which was highly regarded in its day, but then largely forgotten until its revival three hundred years later. This timely …

2011 | Shakespeare | Book

Much Ado About Nothing

This Handbook provides an introductory guide to Much Ado About Nothing offering a scene-by-scene theatrically aware commentary, contextual documents, a brief history of the text and first performances, case studies of key productions, a survey of …

2011 | Shakespeare | Book

Othello

An introductory guide to Othello in performance offering a scene-by-scene theatrically aware commentary, contextual documents, a brief history of the text and first performances, case studies of key productions, a survey of screen adaptations, a …

2010 | Shakespeare | Book

Romeo and Juliet

An introductory guide to 'Romeo and Juliet' in performance offering a scene-by-scene theatrically aware commentary, contextual documents, a brief history of the text and first performances, case studies of key productions, a survey of screen …

2009 | Shakespeare | Book

King Lear

An introductory guide to King Lear in performance offering a scene-by-scene theatrically aware commentary, contextual documents, a brief history of the text and first performances, case studies of key productions, a survey of film and TV …

2009 | Shakespeare | Book

Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar is possibly the play that opened The Globe theatre. Certainly it was one of the first to be performed there, using the acting resources of the company and the new stage space with dramatic confidence. The first of Shakespeare's ...

2009 | Shakespeare | Book

The Winter’s Tale

This Handbook provides an introductory guide to 'The Winter's Tale' offering a scene-by-scene theatrically aware commentary, contextual documents, a brief history of the text and first performances, case studies of key performances and …

2009 | Shakespeare | Book

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

This introductory guide to one Shakespeare's most read and performed plays offers a scene-by-scene theatrically aware commentary, a brief history of the text and first performances, case studies of key performances and productions, a survey of …

2008 | Shakespeare | Book

Henry IV: Parts I and II

This engaging double-volume Handbook explores the Henry IV plays as texts for performance as they unfold, moment by moment, on the stage. With scene-by-scene commentary, and including an account of their life on stage, film and in criticism, this …

2007 | Shakespeare | Book

Measure for Measure

Measure for Measure generates much debate and is strikingly modern. This introductory guide offers a scene-by-scene theatrically aware commentary, a brief history of the text and first performance, studies of influential performances, a survey of …

2007 | Shakespeare | Book

The Tempest

The commentary at the heart of the book introduces readers to the challenge of reading The Tempest as a text and responding to the play in performance. Other sections discuss early performances and cultural contexts. A wide-ranging sample of …

2006 | Shakespeare | Book

Richard III

This introduction to the performance potential of one of Shakespeare's most theatrically exciting plays provides extensive commentary that explores the challenges faced by actors and directors and encourages readers to engage imaginatively with …

2006 | Shakespeare | Book

Hamlet

The commentary at the centre of this groundbreaking introduction alerts the reader to what happens on stage during a performance by showing what the text requires from actors and the choices they are offered. By this means, the Handbook …

2006 | Shakespeare | Book

Henry V

Focusing on stage directions, implied stage action in the dialogue, and on production choices available at key moments, this Handbook treats the script like a rehearsal in progress and encourages the imagining of a physical narrative where the …

2006 | Shakespeare | Book

Antony and Cleopatra

This handbook offers a way in to reading Anthony and Cleopatra theatrically. Through analyses of key productions, an account of the historical conditions in which the play was first produced, and a scene-by-scene account of how the play might be …