Inside the Royal Shakespeare Company

This is the inside story of the Royal Shakespeare Company - a running historical critique of a major national institution and its location within British culture, as related by a writer who is uniquely placed to tell the tale.

Inside the Royal Shakespeare Company

This is the inside story of the Royal Shakespeare Company - a running historical critique of a major national institution and its location within British culture, as related by a writer who is uniquely placed to tell the tale. It describes what happened to a radical theatrical vision and explores British society's inability to sustain that vision. Spanning four decades and four artistic directors, Inside the Royal Shakespeare Company is a multi-layered chronicle that traces the company's history, offers investigation into its working methods, its repertoire, its people and its politics, and considers what the future holds for this bastion of high culture now in crisis. Inside the Royal Shakespeare Company is compelling reading for anyone who wishes to explore behind the scenes and consider the changing role of theatre in modern cultural life. It offers a timely analysis of the fight for creative expression within any artistic or cultural organisation, and a vital document of our times.

The Rise and Fall of the Royal Shakespeare Company

In this fully illustrated book, Simon Trowbridge tells the story of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

The Rise and Fall of the Royal Shakespeare Company

In this fully illustrated book, Simon Trowbridge tells the story of the Royal Shakespeare Company. He begins by making a comparison between the RSC and France's national theatre company, the Comédie-Française. Like their colleagues in Paris, Peter Hall and his successors Trevor Nunn and Terry Hands believed in the artistic and wider cultural value of a permanent troupe, motivated by excellence, shared values and a mission to constantly renew the great works of dramatic literature. Today, though, Hall's ideas have been jettisoned and the RSC is a brand name, not a company. If the Comédie-Française can last for 340 years and counting, why can't the RSC as created by Hall last for more than fifty? This book proclaims the special significance of the company created by Hall and nurtured by Nunn and Hands, and challenges the view that Hall's ideas are no longer achievable in England.

Screening the Royal Shakespeare Company

Screening the Royal Shakespeare Company explores this remarkable history of collaborations between stage and screen and considers key questions about adaptation that concern all those involved in theatre, film and television.

Screening the Royal Shakespeare Company

No theatre company has been involved in such a broad range of adaptations for television and cinema as the Royal Shakespeare Company. Starting with Richard III filmed in the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre before World War One, the RSC's accomplishments continue today with highly successful live cinema broadcasts. The Wars of the Roses (BBC, 1965), Peter Brook's film of King Lear (1971), Channel 4's epic version of Nicholas Nickleby (1982) and Hamlet with David Tennant (BBC, 2009) are among their most iconic adaptations. Many other RSC productions live on as extracts in documentaries, as archival recordings, in trailers and in other fragmentary forms. Screening the Royal Shakespeare Company explores this remarkable history of collaborations between stage and screen and considers key questions about adaptation that concern all those involved in theatre, film and television. John Wyver is a broadcasting historian and the producer of RSC Live from Stratford-upon-Avon, and is uniquely well-placed to provide a vivid account of the company's television and film productions. He contributes an award-winning practitioner's insight into screen adaptation's numerous challenges and rich potential.

Transforming the Teaching of Shakespeare with the Royal Shakespeare Company

This book tells the story of the Royal Shakespeare Company's acclaimed and influential project to transform the teaching of Shakespeare in schools.

Transforming the Teaching of Shakespeare with the Royal Shakespeare Company

This book tells the story of the Royal Shakespeare Company's acclaimed and influential project to transform the teaching of Shakespeare in schools. It examines their approaches to making his plays more accessible, enjoyable and relevant to young people, describing the innovative classroom practices that the Company has pioneered and locating these within a clearly articulated theory of learning. It also provides evidence of their impact on children and young people's experience of Shakespeare, drawing upon original research as well as research commissioned by the RSC itself. Authoritative but highly readable, the book is relevant to anyone with an interest in the teaching of Shakespeare, and in how a major cultural organisation can have a real impact on the education of young people from a wide range of social backgrounds. It benefits from interviews with key policy makers and practitioners from within the RSC, including their legendary voice coach, Cicely Berry, and with internationally renowned figures such as the writer and academic, Jonathan Bate; the previous artistic director of the RSC, Michael Boyd; and the celebrated playwright, Tim Crouch.

Rough Magic

This book provides a thorough analysis of the many strands of theatrical activity on both sides of the footlights that coalesce in the artistic vigor of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Rough Magic

This book provides a thorough analysis of the many strands of theatrical activity on both sides of the footlights that coalesce in the artistic vigor of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Adler traces the company's evolution from its origins in 1879 as a week-long festival presented by Stratford-upon-Avon as a birthday homage to its native son, to its current incarnation as one of the world's most distinguished institutional theatres. The author probes the aspirations and achievements of the RSC's four successive artistic directors: Peter Hall, Trevor Nunn, Terry Hands, and Adrian Noble. He offers a comprehensive view of the design and aesthetics of the RSC's five theatres in Stratford and London, and explores the intricate process of crafting a repertoire at home and on tour that responds to the needs of the artists as well as the demands of the box office. Richly illustrated with vivid photographs, Rough magic examines the fusion of artistic vision and theatrical energy that make invigorating theatre at the RSC.

Players of Shakespeare 4

In this volume, 12 actors describe Shakespearian roles they played in productions between 1992-1997.

Players of Shakespeare 4

In this volume, 12 actors describe Shakespearian roles they played in productions between 1992-1997. The essays divide equally among comedies, histories and tragedies, with emphasis among the comedies on the notoriously difficult 'clown' roles.

The RSC Shakespeare Toolkit for Primary Teachers

The toolkit brings the plays alive as performance pieces, with Primary pupils undertaking drama-based explorations of the text that take them through much of the play.

The RSC Shakespeare Toolkit for Primary Teachers

Developed by one of the world's leading theatre companies, this fantastic resource offers teachers a practical, drama-based approach to teaching and appreciating three of Shakespeare's most popular plays: Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, and A Midsummer Night's Dream. The toolkit brings the plays alive as performance pieces, with Primary pupils undertaking drama-based explorations of the text that take them through much of the play. Teachers' notes and accompanying photocopiable worksheets offer a lesson-by-lesson teaching route through each of the three plays in turn. The schemes of work offer teachers a route through each play that has been designed to be flexible and to bolt on to what they already teach. The schemes comprise a series of lessons that can either be followed in their entirety as a stand-alone scheme of work or which can be dipped into by teachers wanting to augment their existing schemes of work.

A Royal Shakespeare Company Book

This book tells the story of the Royal Shakespeare Company in three parts - a history of the RSC, from the establishment of the Stratford theatre to the present day; a biographical dictionary; and a source book.

A Royal Shakespeare Company Book

This book tells the story of the Royal Shakespeare Company in three parts - a history of the RSC, from the establishment of the Stratford theatre to the present day; a biographical dictionary; and a source book.

Players of Shakespeare 2

This is the second volume of essays by actors with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Fourteen actors describe the Shakespearean roles they played in productions between 1982 and 1987.

Players of Shakespeare 2

This is the second volume of essays by actors with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Fourteen actors describe the Shakespearean roles they played in productions between 1982 and 1987. The contributors are Roger Allam, Frances Barber, Kenneth Branagh, Niamh Cusack, Ben Kingsley, Ian McDiarmid, Daniel Massey, Edward Petherbridge, Alan Rickman, Fiona Shaw, Antony Sher, Juliet Stevenson, David Suchet and Zoe Wanamaker. Each gives a unique insight into the preparation and performance of a major Shakespearean role and how a character is created through responding to Shakespeare’s text, within the context of a particular director’s conception and the environment established by the designer. A brief biographical note is provided for each of the contributors and an introduction places the essays in the context of the Stratford and London stages, and of the music and design for the particular productions.

The Royal Shakespeare Theatre Edition of the Sonnets of William Shakespeare

The text used in this Royal Shakespeare Theatre edition is Thomas Thorpe's 1609 Quarto edition, the earliest extant source. Calligraphy is used for the text.

The Royal Shakespeare Theatre Edition of the Sonnets of William Shakespeare

The text used in this Royal Shakespeare Theatre edition is Thomas Thorpe's 1609 Quarto edition, the earliest extant source. Calligraphy is used for the text.

Directions by Indirections

This book traces the evolution of John Barton, one of this century's most important directors, from his days as a Cambridge student and scholar through his career with the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company.

Directions by Indirections

This book traces the evolution of John Barton, one of this century's most important directors, from his days as a Cambridge student and scholar through his career with the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company. Two lengthy interviews with Barton are included, as well as a number of rare pictures of his Cambridge work and representative pictures from his Royal Shakespeare Company productions.

Players of Shakespeare 3

Thirteen actors describe the Shakespearean roles they played with the Royal Shakespeare Company between 1987 and 1991. The anthology includes the Company's highly successful adaptation of the Henry VI plays retitled The Plantagenets.

Players of Shakespeare 3

Thirteen actors describe the Shakespearean roles they played with the Royal Shakespeare Company between 1987 and 1991. The anthology includes the Company's highly successful adaptation of the Henry VI plays retitled The Plantagenets.

Studio Shakespeare

"The volume examines Shakespeare productions at The Other Place from 1973 to its closure in 1989.

Studio Shakespeare

"The volume examines Shakespeare productions at The Other Place from 1973 to its closure in 1989. The author's sources include Goodbody's 'Mission Statement' for the studio theatre as well as other previously unavailable materials such as Goodbody's private papers, journal entries, director's notes and correspondence. In addition, it contains interviews and commentary from theatrical luminaries."--BOOK JACKET.

Players of Shakespeare 1

Twelve actors describe their preparation for and performance of a Shakespearean role with the Royal Shakespeare Company. The result is an account of the instability of the actor's art as well of his professional discipline.

Players of Shakespeare 1

Twelve actors describe their preparation for and performance of a Shakespearean role with the Royal Shakespeare Company. The result is an account of the instability of the actor's art as well of his professional discipline.