Macbeth: Second Edition

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Manchester University Press, Apr 8, 2004 - Drama - 242 pages
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In this expanded analysis of Macbeth in performance, Bernice W. Kliman examines a number of major productions of the play on stage and screen, inviting the reader to contemplate and compare directors' and actors' choices for what is arguably Shakespeare's most compelling play. Kliman's in-depth analysis of Orson Welles's 1948 film version as well as his earlier stage production, Roman Polanski's famous film, and several different television versions from America and Britain offers an invaluable guide to the most prominent performances across a range of media. She also considers Yukio Ninagawa's staging, which provides an exciting and novel Japanese perspective on the play for Western audiences.

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Contents

The protagonists and the production
1
Davenant and Betterton
16
David Garrick
23
Sarah Siddons
28
Macready and Forrest
39
Operatic Macbeths what we could still learn from Verdi
44
Thinking about Macbeth
48
Metaphor versus mimesis
54
Trevor Nunns production with Ian McKellen and Judi Dench
127
Ron Danielss 1999 ensemble production
147
fusion of Japanese and Western theatrical styles
159
The production visionary directors on film
183
Roman Polanski
190
Making Macbeth wholly evil
217
Notes
220
Some significant twentiethcentury productions of Macbeth
222

The protagonists chiasmus interpretations on stage
62
The protagonists chiasmus interpretations on television
80
Maurice Evans and Judith Anderson directed by George Schaefer
81
Eric Porter and Janet Suzman directed by John Gorrie
89
Nicol Williamson and Jane Lapotaire directed by Jack Gold
101
The production visionary directors on stage and screen
112
Major actors and staff in the twentiethcentury productions discussed
223
Some significant recordings of Verdis Macbeth
227
Bibliography
229
Index
238
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Bernice W. Kliman is Professor Emeritus at Nassau Community College, State University of New York.

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