In Shakespeare on Theatre, master acting teacher Robert Cohen brilliantly scrutinises Shakespeare's implicit theories of acting, paying close attention to the plays themselves and providing a wealth of fascinating historical evidence.
What he finds will surprise scholars and actors alike – that Shakespeare's drama and his practice as an actor were founded on realism, though one clearly distinct from the realism later found in Stanislavski.
Shakespeare on Acting is an extraordinary introduction to the way the plays articulate a profound understanding of performance and reflect the life and times of a uniquely talented theatre-maker.
Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION: SHAKESPEARE AS A MAN OF THE THEATRE
CHAPTER I: SHAKESPEARE ON ACTING
CHAPTER II: SHAKESPEARE ON STAGING
CHAPTER III: SHAKESPEARE ON HIS AUDIENCE
Robert Cohen is the Claire Trevor Professor of Drama at UC Irvine, director of 12 Shakespearean productions at the Utah and Colorado Festivals, and author of 23 books including Acting Power, Acting in Shakespeare, Theatre, Working Together in Theatre, and Giraudoux: Three Faces of Destiny.
"...it includes useful insights into how to approach Shakespeare as performance. Though extensively documented, this volume can be read in a single setting as well as studied in depth. Summing Up: Recommended."
- K. J. Wetmore Jr., Loyola Marymount University in CHOICE