Shakespeare's Advice to the Players
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The best-selling guide to acting Shakespeare in a new smaller and lighter handbook size.
Shakespeare tells the actor when to go fast and when to go slow; when to pause, when to come in on cue and when to accent a word. His text is full of such clues. He tells the actor when but never tells him why or how. That is up to the actor. Much like bringing a musical score to life, Peter Hall guides us to ‘speak the speech’.
An essential text for classical training at drama school and an invaluable reference book for actors and directors working on Shakespeare productions. Peter Hall makes watching or reading Shakespeare a richer experience, for audiences as well as actors.
'Acting students and young professionals will flock to learn from him….passionate, entertaining… Indisputably wise and true… Wonderfully illuminating' Telegraph
'As fascinating to readers as it is to actors' The Independent
'Immensely engaging… There will be many a director, performer and teacher who will only be too grateful to him in the future' Directors Guild of Great Britain
'This is the most fabulously hybrid book – part actor’s handbook, part memoir – what is most inspiring is Hall’s conviction that form can be as exciting as feeling/ Acting in this way is more than just listening to Shakespeare – it is responding to Shakespeare’s linear needs' The Observer