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|Format:||Mixed media product, 416 pages|
|Other Information: ||Photographs of productions, costume and set design|
|Published In: ||United Kingdom, 01 September 2007|
"This excellent series with its supporting CDs is a vibrant addition to the study of Shakespeare on stage" Dominic Dromgoole, Artistic Director Shakespeare's Globe The Sourcebooks Shakespeare brings Shakespeare's plays to life in a revolutionary new book and CD format. For the first time, text, audio and illustration come together to create a remarkable new way of experiencing Shakespeare's timeless works. This edition of King Lear contains: Audio: Excerpts of important scenes and passages from multiple productions, allowing the reader to compare and contrast different interpretations of the play; Narration by Sir Derek Jacobi. Text: Full text of the play; A complete glossary; Production notes; Line-referenced audio indexing for each passage featured on the CD. Illustration: Photographs of great performances throughout history; Costume designs; Set renderings.
About the Author
Series advisors:David Bevington, Phyllis Fay Horton Distinguished Service Professor in the Humanities at the University of Chicago; Peter Holland, the McMeel Family Chair in Shakespeare Studies at the University of Notre Dame.Text editor: Douglas Brooks, Texas A&M University
Newly edited text and notes (glossary, production notes, interpretations) by leading scholars Illustrated throughout with photographs of costume designs, set renderings and productionsCD contains audio scenes from landmark productions "What truly distinguishes these titles from other books, however, isthe emphasis on the plays in performance The really exciting featureof these editions is the audio CD that features recordings of famous actors" School Library Journal, Starred Review
Gr 8 Up-These books depict Shakespeare's plays through black-and-white paneled storytelling. Much Ado is set in Italy during the late 1800s, using Victorian clothing to set the scene. Vieceli uses different styles of manga art with great effect, from "chibi" or "super-deformed" characters to show excessive cuteness or childish banter to the dramatic, overflowing tears that exaggerate a character's grief. This play is an excellent choice for adaptation, given its comedic moments and over-the-top emotions, and Appignanesi adapts it beautifully. King Lear is more challenging to convert to the style, made no less so by the choice of setting: the North American frontier, with Lear himself cast as an Algonquin chief. The traitorous Edmund is cast as one of the few African Americans. He is more sympathetic than in other productions, but he remains a villain. Ilya works hard to wrap real historical and cultural details into the panels, attempting authenticity instead of stereotypical images that too often accompany Native Americans in comics. However, there are some questions about the accuracy of the appearance of the fools particularly; they are costumed as "clowns," one with a vaguely Southwestern appearance and the other wearing the entire hide of a wolf. In addition, Ilya places some gratuitous nudity and cleavage into the script, and the depiction of Lear's daughter Regan as sometimes pale and sometimes dark-skinned is confusing. Still, both books are likely to draw manga readers further into Shakespeare's plays, and students of the Bard may get new ideas about how his works can be presented to modern audiences.-Alana Abbott, James Blackstone Memorial Library, Branford, CT Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
'First there are accessible and interesting essays about how the plays have been performed and interpreted over the years. Then there is the text, with helpful notes on the facing pages. Finally - and most innovatively - there is a CD at the back, which provides many and various extracts from the play. Useful to anyone studying or teaching Shakespeare at secondary school or college level.' The Stage, (12 April 2007) 'This intriguing series focuses on Shakespeare in performance The books themselves are packed with information - photographs of key performances, essays on productions, and interviews with actors and directors. Opposite each play text an extensive glossary explains unfamiliar words, and the audio clips are marked alongside corresponding scenes The CDs reinforce the beauty and power of the language in performance, and will undoubtedly enhance anyone's understanding and enjoyment of Shakespeare's plays, as they were meant to be experienced.' The Good Book Guide, (May 2007) 'This new Shakespeare book and CD brings Shakespeare's plays leaping to life. This innovative format contains text, audio and illustration This is a revolutionary resource.' Bookseller, Back to School (8 June 2007) [Review of Richard III] 'A complete package for anyone wanting to study the play itself, and the performance dimension It is complemented by an excellent CD which includes narrative by Derek Jacobi set alongside contrasting performances from major productions of the play with some of the greatest stage interpretations of the Bard's work.' Publishing News, Back to School (1 June 2007)
|Publisher: ||Methuen Drama|
|Dimensions: ||20.0 x 15.0 centimeters (0.49 kg)|