Renaissance Drama in Action

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Routledge, May 13, 2013 - Performing Arts - 288 pages
Renaissance Drama in Action is a fascinating exploration of Renaissance theatre practice and staging. Covering questions of contemporary playhouse design, verse and language, staging and rehearsal practices, and acting styles, Martin White relates the characteristics of Renaissance theatre to the issues involved in staging the plays today.
This refreshingly accessible volume:
* examines the history of the plays on the English stage from the seventeenth century to the present day
* explores questions arising from reconstructions, with particular reference to the new Globe Theatre
* includes interviews with, and draws on the work and experience of modern theatre practitioners including Harriet Walter, Matthew Warchus, Trevor Nunn, Stephen Jeffreys, Adrian Noble and Helen Mirren
* includes discussions of familiar plays such as The Duchess of Malfi and 'Tis Pity She's A Whore, as well as many lesser known play-texts
Renaissance Drama in Action offers undergraduates and A-level students an invaluable guide to the characteristics of Elizabethan and Jacobean drama, and its relationship to contemporary theatre and staging.

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Contents

approaching the play
1
staging the play
22
performing the play
58
outdoor playing spaces and theatre practice
109
indoor playing spaces and theatre practice
144
some comic irresoluti ons
177
Renaissance drama in action 16421997
197
Postscript
233
Notes
235
Bibliography
245
Index
259
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Martin White is an intranet and information management strategy consultant, running Intranet Focus Ltd since 1999. He has been Visiting Professor at the Department of Information Studies, (now renamed the iSchool) at the University of Sheffield, and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2006 for his work in information management for the pharmaceutical industry.

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