Exposed by the Mask: Form and Language in Drama

Exposed by the Mask: Form and Language in Drama

by Peter Hall

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Overview

In these four lectures Peter Hall reveals a lifetime of discoveries about classical theatre, Shakespeare, opera and modern drama. The central argument is that form and structured language paradoxically give freedom to power of thought and feeling, much as the masks of early Greek drama enabled actors to express extreme emotion. The mask may take many forms – the precise language of Beckett and Pinter, the classical form of Mozart’s operas, or Shakespeare’s verse.

Reprinted to form part of the Oberon Masters series, a brand new collection of attractive hardbacks on key themes within the arts written by leading lights in each subject.

‘The wisest and most stimulating short book about theatre since Peter Brook’s The Empty Space - Charles Spencer, Sunday Telegraph

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781849432603
Publisher: Oberon Books
Publication date: 06/18/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
File size: 201 KB

About the Author

Sir Peter Hall is one of the greatest theatre, film and opera directors of our time. At the age of 29 he founded the Royal Shakespeare Company. In 1973 he became Director of the National Theatre and opened the new theatres on the South Bank. He later founded the Peter Hall Company, producing many West End and Broadway successes. He has directed at many international opera houses, including Glyndebourne, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the Metropolitan opera and Bayreuth. To date he has directed over two hundred productions, including the world premiere in English of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot, and the premieres of most of Harold Pinter's plays.

Table of Contents

Preface9
The Greeks11
Shakespeare's Verse39
Mozart's Ensembles71
The Metaphors of Beckett and Pinter103

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