A Midsummer Night's Dream (Propeller Shakespeare)

Author: William Shakespeare,Roger Warren

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1849436746

Category: Drama

Page: 87

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One of Shakespeare’s most original and eloquent plays, A Midsummer Night’s Dream brilliantly interweaves four contrasting groups of characters to present a many-sided view of love in all its aspects: its joys and sadness, its idealism and selfishness, its physical and spiritual elements. This performing edition was prepared for Propeller’s all-male company of twelve actors, at the Watermill Theatre, Newbury, and toured the West End in 2003. Propeller’s markedly contemporary approach to Shakespeare brought great success for Rose Rage, their version of the Henry VI plays, whichwon the TMA/Barclays Theatre Award for the best touring production of 2001.

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521532477

Category: Drama

Page: 156

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A new section of the Introduction to this updated edition considers important professional theater productions and the large output of scholarly criticism on the play which have appeared in recent years. The Reading List has been revised and augmented to reflect the scope of the revised edition. First Edition Hb (1985): 0-521-22194-3 First Edition Pb (1985): 0-521-29389-8

The New Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare

Author: Margreta De Grazia,Stanley Wells

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521886325

Category: Drama

Page: 360

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Twenty-one essays provide lively and authoritative approaches to the literary, historical, cultural and performative aspects of Shakespeare works.

The Oxford Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night's Dream

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks

ISBN: 9780192834201

Category: Drama

Page: 275

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A Midsummer Night's Dream is perhaps the best loved of Shakespeare's plays. It brings together aristocrats, workers, and fairies in a wood outside Athens, and from there the enchantment begins. In the introduction to this edition, Peter Holland pays particular attention to dreams and dreamers, and to Shakespeare's construction of a world of night and shadows. Both here and in his commentary he explores the play's extensive performance history to illustrate the wide range of interpretations of which it is capable. - ;A Midsummer Night's Dream is perhaps the best loved of Shakepeare's plays. It brings together aristocrats, workers, and fairies in a wood outside Athens, and from there the enchantment begins. Simple and engaging on the surface, it is none the less a highly original and sophisticated work, remarkable for both its literary and its theatrical mastery. It is one of the very few of Shakespeare's plays which do not draw on narrative sources, which suggests that it reflects his deepest imaginative concerns to an unusual degree. In his introduction Peter Holland pays particular attention to dreams and dreamers, and to Shakespeare's construction of a world of night and shadows. Both here and in his commentary he explores the play's extensive performance history to illustrate the wide range of interpretations of which it is capable. -

Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night's Dream

Author: Nicolas Tredell

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 113707583X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 200

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A Midsummer Night's Dream is an enchanting and extraordinary comedy. With its rich poetry and vigorous prose, and its combination of magic, myth, romance and humour, it ranks among Shakespeare's most popular and memorable plays. However, it has also increasingly been recognized as a profound and penetrating exploration of love, desire, gender, social hierarchy, dramatic art, imagination and vision. In this Reader's Guide, Nicolas Tredell: • explores the key critical responses to the play, from the late seventeenth to the twenty-first centuries • provides succinct and searching accounts of the most vibrant commentaries and interpretations • sets these accounts in their critical, theoretical and historical contexts. Informed and incisive, this survey is an invaluable resource for students, teachers and all those who wish to enhance their grasp of Dream criticism and engage in the ongoing critical debates about the play.

A Midsummer Night's Dream 3 Audio CD Set

Author: William Shakespeare,Naxos AudioBooks

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521624879

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 15

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The cast of this unabridged recording of A Midsummer Night's Dream includes Warren Mitchell as Bottom and Sarah Woodward as Titania.

A Midsummer Night's Dream

The Graphic Novel: Modern Text

Author: William Shakespeare,John McDonald

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780195438024

Category:

Page: 144

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This full colour graphic novel presents A Midsummer Night's Dream in modern English, verse-for-verse. Ideal for readers who may find the language of the original text difficult. Can be used in conjunction with the original text versions of the play. Also includes background information on Shakespeare, the history of the play, and Shakespeare around the globe today.

The Taming of the Shrew

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451644590

Category: Drama

Page: 304

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Love and marriage are the concerns of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. Lucentio’s marriage to Bianca is prompted by his idealized love of an apparently ideal woman. Petruchio's wooing of Katherine, however, is free of idealism. Petruchio takes money from Bianca’s suitors to woo her, since Katherine must marry before her sister by her father's decree; he also arranges the dowry with her father. Petruchio is then ready to marry Katherine, even against her will. Katherine, the shrew of the play’s title, certainly acts much changed. But have she and Petruchio learned to love each other? Or is the marriage based on terror and deception? The authoritative edition of The Taming of the Shrew from The Folger Shakespeare Library, the trusted and widely used Shakespeare series for students and general readers, is now available as an eBook. Features include: · The exact text of the printed book for easy cross-reference · Hundreds of hypertext links for instant navigation · Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play · Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play · Scene-by-scene plot summaries · A key to famous lines and phrases · An introduction to reading Shakespeare’s language · Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library’s vast holdings of rare books · An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on the play

The Cambridge Companion to Shakespearean Comedy

Author: Alexander Leggatt

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521779425

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 237

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This is an accessible, wide-ranging and informed introduction to Shakespeare's comedies and romances. Rather than taking each play in isolation, the chapters trace recurring issues, suggesting both the continuity and the variety of Shakespeare's practice and the creative use he made of the conventions he inherited. The first section places Shakespeare in the context of classical and Renaissance comedy, his Elizabethan predecessors and the traditions of popular festivity. The second section traces themes through Shakespeare's early and middle comedies, tragicomedies and late romances, illuminating particular plays by close analysis.

The Oxford Shakespeare: Hamlet

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks

ISBN: 9780199535811

Category: Drama

Page: 416

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Hamlet's combination of violence and introspection is unusual among Shakespeare's tragedies. It is also full of curious riddles and fascinating paradoxes, making it one of his most widely discussed plays. Professor Hibbard's illuminating and original introduction explains the process by which variant texts were fused together in the eighteenth century to create the most commonly used text of today. Drawing on both critical and theatrical history, he shows how this fusion makes Hamlet seem a much more `problematic' play than it was when it originally appeared in the First Folio of 1623. The Oxford Shakespeare edition presents a radically new text, based on that First Folio, which printed Shakespeare's own revision of an earlier version. The result is a `theatrical' and highly practical edition for students and performers alike.

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Third Series

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1408142775

Category: Drama

Page: 400

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The Arden Shakespeare is the established edition of Shakespeare's work. Justly celebrated for its authoritative scholarship and invaluable commentary, Arden editions guide you to a richer understanding and appreciation of Shakespeare's plays. This edition of A Midsummer Night's Dream provides a clear and authoritative text, detailed notes and commentary on the same page as the text and a full introduction discussing the critical and historical background to the play. The editor brings fresh perspectives on global productions and adaptations of this most-loved of Shakespeare's comedies.

Shakespeare's Double Plays

Dramatic Economy on the Early Modern Stage

Author: Brett Gamboa

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1108417434

Category: Drama

Page: 316

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In the first comprehensive study of how Shakespeare designed his plays to suit his playing company, Brett Gamboa demonstrates how Shakespeare turned his limitations to creative advantage, and how doubling roles suited his unique sense of the dramatic. By attending closely to their dramaturgical structures, Gamboa analyses casting requirements for the plays Shakespeare wrote for the company between 1594 and 1610, and describes how using the embedded casting patterns can enhance their thematic and theatrical potential. Drawing on historical records, dramatic theory, and contemporary performance this innovative work questions received ideas about early modern staging and provides scholars and contemporary theatre practitioners with a valuable guide to understanding how casting can help facilitate audience engagement. Supported by an appendix of speculative doubling charts for plays, illustrations, and online resources, this is a major contribution to the understanding of Shakespeare's dramatic craft.

Shakespeare Survey: Volume 65, A Midsummer Night's Dream

Author: Peter Holland

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107024519

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 558

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Shakespeare Survey is a yearbook of Shakespeare studies and production. Since 1948, Survey has published the best international scholarship in English and many of its essays have become classics of Shakespeare criticism. Each volume is devoted to a theme, or play, or group of plays; each also contains a section of reviews of that year's textual and critical studies and of the year's major British performances. The theme for Volume 65 is 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'. The complete set of Survey volumes is also available online at http://www.cambridge.org/online/shakespearesurvey. This fully searchable resource enables users to browse by author, essay and volume, search by play, theme and topic and save and bookmark their results.

The Township Plays

No-Good Friday; Nongogo; The Coat; Sizwe Bansi is Dead; The Island

Author: Athol Fugard

Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks

ISBN: 9780192829252

Category: Drama

Page: 236

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'elegant reissue' -Plays International, Summer 2000'They are the wonderfully moving and amusing 'Sizwe Bansi is Dead',... 'The Coat' (previously unavailable), the urgently profound 'The Island'... Anyone interested in freedom or drama should buy this book.' Day by Day

Macbeth

Second Edition

Author: Bernice W. Kliman

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719062292

Category: Drama

Page: 242

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In this expanded analysis of Macbeth in performance, Bernice W. Kliman examines a number of major productions of the play on stage and screen, inviting the reader to contemplate and compare directors' and actors' choices for what is arguably Shakespeare's most compelling play. Kliman's in-depth analysis of Orson Welles's 1948 film version as well as his earlier stage production, Roman Polanski's famous film, and several different television versions from America and Britain offers an invaluable guide to the most prominent performances across a range of media. She also considers Yukio Ninagawa's staging, which provides an exciting and novel Japanese perspective on the play for Western audiences.

The Cambridge Shakespeare Guide

Author: Emma Smith

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521195233

Category: Drama

Page: 258

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An indispensable reference tool for Shakespeare students and enthusiasts, this compact guide provides authoritative summaries of each of Shakespeare's works.