Antony and Cleopatra (The RSC Shakespeare)

Antony and Cleopatra (The RSC Shakespeare)

By: William Shakespeare (author), Eric Rasmussen (editor), Jonathan Bate (editor)Hardback

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The first edition of "Antony and Cleopatra" developed by and for the RSC, with unique material including a new introduction from Jonathan Bate and interviews with important RSC directors. This is the first edition of "Antony and Cleopatra" to be developed by and for the RSC, the world's leading Shakespeare theater company and it includes unique material to help the reader understand and enjoy Shakespeare on the stage as well as on the page. It is illustrated with photographs of classic and unusual performances. It features outstanding on-page notes which explain words and phrases unfamiliar to a modern audience, including the slang, political references and bawdy humor often ignored or censored in competing editions. It includes scene-by-scene summary, offering an easily understandable way into the play.This book features: completely new introduction by Jonathan Bate, exploring the text and critical debates around it; summary of the play's performance history, at the RSC and elsewhere; and, interviews with important Shakespearean directors Adrian Noble, Gregory Doran and Braham Murray discussing key productions at the RSC.This new edition of Shakespeare's classic love story, developed by and for the RSC, includes new interviews with acclaimed directors Adrian Noble, Gregory Doran and Braham Murray, looks at specific productions in the play's history, and a completely new introduction by acclaimed scholar Jonathan Bate.

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JONATHAN BATE is Professor of Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature, University of Warwick, UK, and the editor of The RSC Shakespeare: The Complete Works. He has held visiting posts at Harvard, Yale and UCLA and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a Fellow of the British Academy, an Honorary Fellow of St Catherine's College, Cambridge, and a Governor and Board member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. A prominent critic, award-winning biographer and broadcaster, he is the author of several books on Shakespeare, including The Genius of Shakespeare (Picador), which was praised by Sir Peter Hall, founder of the RSC, as 'the best modern book on Shakespeare.' In June 2006 he was awarded a CBE by HM The Queen 'for services to Higher Education'. ERIC RASMUSSEN is Professor of English at the University of Nevada, USA, and the Textual Editor of The RSC Shakespeare: The Complete Works. He is co-editor of the Norton Anthology of English Renaissance Drama and has edited volumes in both the Arden Shakespeare and Oxford World's Classics series. He is the General Textual Editor of the Internet Shakespeare Editions project - one of the most visited Shakespeare websites in the world. For over nine years he has written the annual review of editions and textual studies for the Shakespeare Survey.


Introduction About the Text Key Facts Antony and Cleopatra Textual Notes Scene-by-scene Analysis Antony and Cleopatra in Performance: the RSC and Beyond Four Centuries of Antony and Cleopatra: An Overview At the RSC: Seven Cleopatras and their Antonys The Director's Cut: interviews with Adrian Noble, Braham Murray, Gregory Doran Shakespeare's Career in the Theatre Shakespeare's Works: a Chronology The History behind the Tragedies: A Chronology Further Reading and Viewing References Acknowledgements and Picture Credits

Product Details

  • publication date: 23/04/2009
  • ISBN13: 9780230576179
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 232
  • ID: 9780230576179
  • weight: 360
  • ISBN10: 0230576176

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