Playing Shakespeare

Playing Shakespeare

DVD - 2009
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John Barton guides members of the Royal Shakespeare Company in nine intensive acting workshops, demonstrating how the Company makes Shakespeare's classic plays accessible to modern audiences without compromising the text's integrity.
"How does this world-renowned troupe make classic plays accessible to modern audiences, without compromising the text's integrity? How do actors search Shakespeare's verse for hidden clues to their characters' motivations? How do they balance intellect and passion to make theatre's most famous soliloquies seem fresh? The answers come from Barton and 21 of Britain's finest actors, including Oscar® winners Judi Dench (Shakespeare in Love, Iris), Ben Kingsley (Gandhi, Schindler's List), and Peggy Ashcroft (A Passage to India); Ian McKellen (The Lord of the Rings); Patrick Stewart (X-Men, Star Trek: The Next Generation); and David Suchet (Agatha Christie's Poirot)." -- Publisher's website.

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xaipe Jul 03, 2011

Beautifully explained excerpts from Shakespearean plays read by leading British actors. A discussion following the reading further expands understanding of the passages.

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