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If you enjoy Shakespeare’s plays you’ll love this audiobook. It’s a potpourri of essays from actors, directors, writers and academics that reveal insights into the plays. Inevitably some essays are more engaging than others but that will depend on your particular interests. Hearing actors talk about a performance I’ve seen was fascinating and often revealed just how much thought and effort an actor has put into his or her interpretation. There are some humorous contributions that leven the more serious contributions. such as the essay by one of the Reduced Shakespeare company’s founders and another by a comic strip writer.
Don’t be put off by the pedantic and self-reverential first chapter by Harold Bloom that seems in the wrong place as the next chapter is an introduction to the recording by Susannah Carson. However, Audible tell me that the chapter order is correct.
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I absolutely loved these essays. Actors, directors, literary figures, all with there own take on why Shakespeare does or does not work in the theatre.. Are we too reverential and not able to be be objective about his work, or is it just too much of an effort to delve into the wonderfully rich language of his day.. I now have a much deeper understanding of what it is to be involved in a Shakespeare play and of how actors rise to the challenge of even his smaller characters, and the challenges of the great tragedies of Lear, Othello and Macbeth A wonderful book for those who love, or struggle to understand the works of Shakespeare.