Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-10
  2. Text

  3. Performance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 43-43
    2. Pamela Mason
      Pages 43-46
    3. Pamela Mason
      Pages 47-51
    4. Pamela Mason
      Pages 51-55
    5. Pamela Mason
      Pages 56-60
    6. Pamela Mason
      Pages 61-67
    7. Pamela Mason
      Pages 68-74
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 75-79

About this book


In Part 1 Text Pamela Mason explores such themes as the wealth of references to fashion, the way reality can be dressed in verbal disguise and the delicate balance of comic and tragic moods throughout the play. Particular attention is paid to the characters of Beatrice and Benedick and the 'covered fire' of passion beneath their surface wit. Part 2 Performance discusses four major productions in detail: John Gielgud (RSC 1949), Franco Zeffirelli (NT 1965), Trevor Nunn (RSC 1968) and John Barton (RSC 1976).


church comic fashion High Renaissance humour India Indian performance play Renaissance society style

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