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John Russell Brown sets out the grounds for a new and revealing way of studying Shakespeare's plays. By considering the entire theatrical event and not only what happens on stage, he takes 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 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 students of Shakespeare.
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.