Renaissance Drama in Action: An Introduction to Aspects of Theatre Practice and Performance

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Psychology Press, 1998 - Performing Arts - 265 pages
A fascinating exploration of Renaissance theatre practice and staging, which relates the characteristics of Renaissance theatre to the issues involved in staging the plays today. Plays discussed include 'The Duchess of Malfi'.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-textsRenaissance 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
1
staging
22
Speeches well pronounced with action lively
58
outdoor playing spaces
109
theatre practice
144
some comic irresolutions
177
New plays for old Richard Brome and Stephen
217
Postscript
233
Bibliography
245
Index
259
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