Performing Hamlet

Actors in the Modern Age
The Arden Shakespeare (Verlag)
  • 1. Auflage
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  • erschienen am 23. August 2018
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  • 208 Seiten
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978-1-350-03074-9 (ISBN)
Hamlet is arguably the most famous play on the planet, and the greatest of all Shakespeare's works. Its rich story and complex leading role have provoked intense debate and myriad interpretations.

To play such a uniquely multi-faceted character as Hamlet represents the supreme challenge for a young actor. Performing Hamlet contains Jonathan Croall's revealing in-depth interviews with five distinguished actors who have played the Prince this century:

Jude Law: 'You get to speak possibly the most beautiful lines about humankind ever given to an actor.'

Simon Russell Beale: 'Hamlet is a very hospitable role: it will take anything you throw at it.'

David Tennant: 'No other part has been so satisfying. It was tough, but utterly compelling.'

Maxine Peake: 'Hamlet was a way of accessing bits of me as an actress I've not been able to access before.'

Adrian Lester: 'Working with Peter Brook on Hamlet changed me as an actor, and for the better.'

The book benefits from the author's interviews with six leading directors of the play during these years: Greg Doran, Nicholas Hytner, Michael Grandage, John Caird, Sarah Frankcom and Simon Godwin. Many other productions are described, from those starring Michael Redgrave, Alec Guinness and Paul Scofield in the 1950s, to the performances of Benedict Cumberbatch, Andrew Scott and Paapa Essiedu in recent times. The volume also includes an updated text of the author's earlier book Hamlet Observed, and an account of actors' experiences of performing at Elsinore.
1. Auflage
  • Englisch
  • London
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  • Großbritannien
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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978-1-350-03074-9 (9781350030749)
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Jonathan Croall is a distinguished biographer and theatre historian. He is the author of over twenty books, notably the acclaimed biographies John Gielgud: Matinee Idol to Movie Star (Bloomsbury Methuen Drama) and Sybil Thorndike: A Star of Life. His other titles include The Coming of Godot: A Short History of a Masterpiece (short-listed for the 2005 Theatre Book Prize); The Wit and Wisdom (and Gaffes) of John Gielgud and In Search of Gielgud: A Biographer's Tale; two collections of his theatre journalism, Buzz Buzz! Playwrights, Actors and Directors at the National Theatre and Closely Observed Theatre: From the National to the Old Vic; and three books in the series The National Theatre at Work - Hamlet Observed, Peter Hall's 'Bacchai', and Inside the Molly House.
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Stage History

1 The Fifties: Michael Redgrave 1 - Alec Guinness - Richard Burton - Paul Scofield -Michael Redgrave 2
2 The Sixties: Jeremy Brett - Peter O'Toole - David Warner - Nicol Williamson
3 The Seventies: Alan Howard - Ian McKellen - Albert Finney - Ben Kingsley - Derek Jacobi - Frances de la Tour
4 The Eighties: Jonathan Pryce - Michael Pennington - Anton Lesser - Roger Rees - Kenneth Branagh 1 - Mark Rylance 1 - Daniel Day-Lewis
5 The Nineties: Kenneth Branagh 2 - Alan Cumming - Stephen Dillane - Ralph Fiennes - Alex Jennings - Paul Rhys
6 The Noughties: Mark Rylance 2 - Adrian Lester - Samuel West - Michael Maloney - Ben Whishaw - Jamie Ballard - David Tennant - Jude Law
7 The Teens: Rory Kinnear - Michael Sheen - Jonathan Slinger - Maxine Peake - Benedict Cumberbatch - Paapa Essiedu - Andrew Scott
8 Simon Russell Beale, Hamlet Observed: The National Theatre at Work
9 Hamlets at Elsinore

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