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Shakespeare in the Theatre: Peter Hall,9781472587077

Shakespeare in the Theatre: Peter Hall

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Format: Hardcover
Pub. Date: 9/21/2017
Publisher(s): Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare
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Summary

Peter Hall is one of the most significant and influential directors of Shakespeare's work of modern times. Through both his own work and the management of two national theatre companies, the National Theatre and the RSC, Hall has promoted Shakespeare as a writer who can comment incisively on the modern world. His best productions exemplified this approach: Coriolanus (1959), The Wars of the Roses (1963) and Hamlet (1965) established his reputation as a director able to bring Shakespeare to the heart of contemporary politics. However, Hall's career has been very varied, and sometimes his critical failures are as interesting as his successes. The book explores Hall's work as a deliberate articulation of Shakespeare and national culture in the post-war years. The main focus is on his Shakespeare work, but critical attention is also given to non-Shakespearean productions, notably his 1955 Waiting for Godot (and his relationship with Samuel Beckett in general) and his 2000 Tantalus (and his work with John Barton), placing Hall's work in its cultural and creative context. Setting Hall's work against the post-war development of national culture, the book explores how his work with other writers and artists (including Beckett, Pinter and Barton) informed his approach to directing as well as his rehearsal methods and his approach to Shakespeare's text.

Author Biography

Stuart Hampton Reeves is Professor of Research-informed Teaching at the University of Central Lancashire, UK

Table of Contents

Series Preface;
Chapter One: Peter Hall and Shakespeare;
Chapter Two: Early Work;
Chapter Three: The Shakespeare Memorial Theatre;
Chapter Four: The Royal Shakespeare Company;
Chapter Five: The National Theatre;
Chapter Six: The Peter Hall Company;
Notes;
Bibliography;
Index

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