In Shakespeare on Theatre, master acting teacher Robert Cohen brilliantly scrutinises Shakespeare's implicit theories of acting, paying close attention to the plays themselves and providing a wealth of fascinating historical evidence.
What he finds will surprise scholars and actors alike - that Shakespeare's drama and his practice as an actor were founded on realism, though one clearly distinct from the realism later found in Stanislavski.
Shakespeare on Acting is an extraordinary introduction to the way the plays articulate a profound understanding of performance and reflect the life and times of a uniquely talented theatre-maker.
Robert Cohen is the Claire Trevor Professor of Drama at UC Irvine, director of 12 Shakespearean productions at the Utah and Colorado Festivals, and author of 23 books including Acting Power, Acting in Shakespeare, Theatre, Working Together in Theatre, and Giraudoux: Three Faces of Destiny.
INTRODUCTION: SHAKESPEARE AS A MAN OF THE THEATRE CHAPTER I: SHAKESPEARE ON ACTING CHAPTER II: SHAKESPEARE ON STAGING CHAPTER III: SHAKESPEARE ON HIS AUDIENCE