© 2002

Shakespeare and the Theatrical Event

  • Authors
  • Examines the whole process of theatregoing, performance and audience enjoyment, bringing together the disciplines of Theatre Studies and Shakespeare Studies
    Considers a dozen of Shakespeare's major plays in a variety of different ways, presenting the reader with an entirely new view of them and encouraging them to explore further
    An easytofollow style makes this book both understandable and enlightening

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Introduction: Theatrical Events

    1. John Russell Brown
      Pages 1-4
  3. Audiences

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 5-5
    2. John Russell Brown
      Pages 7-29
    3. John Russell Brown
      Pages 30-40
    4. John Russell Brown
      Pages 41-62
  4. Actors

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 63-63
    2. John Russell Brown
      Pages 65-83
    3. John Russell Brown
      Pages 84-99
    4. John Russell Brown
      Pages 100-116
    5. John Russell Brown
      Pages 117-136
    6. John Russell Brown
      Pages 137-149
    7. John Russell Brown
      Pages 150-161
  5. Contexts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 163-163
    2. John Russell Brown
      Pages 165-179
    3. John Russell Brown
      Pages 180-196
    4. John Russell Brown
      Pages 197-203
  6. Plays in Print

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 205-205
    2. John Russell Brown
      Pages 207-210
    3. John Russell Brown
      Pages 211-231

About this book


In his latest book, John Russell Brown offers a new and revealing way of reading and studying Shakespeare's plays, focusing on what a play does for an audience, as well as what its text says. By considering the entire theatrical experience and not only what happens on stage, Brown takes his readers back to the major texts with a fuller understanding of their language, and an enhanced view of a play's theatrical potential.

Chapters on theatre-going, playscripts, acting, parts to perform, interplay, stage space, off-stage space, and the use of time all bring recent developments in Theatre studies together with Shakespeare Studies. Every aspect of theatre-making comes into view as a dozen major plays are presented in the context for which they were written, making this an adventurous and eminently practical book for all students of Shakespeare.


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About the authors

JOHN RUSSELL BROWN is currently Professor of Theatre at Middlesex University and was recently Visiting Professor of English at Columbia University, New York. He has directed many plays for professional and student theatres in Britain, the USA, and India. From 1973 to 1988, he was an Associate Director of the National Theatre in London.

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