Shakespeare in the Theatre: Peter Hall

Shakespeare in the Theatre: Peter Hall

by Stuart Hampton-Reeves

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Peter Hall (1930–2017) is one of the most influential directors of Shakespeare's plays in the modern age. Under his direction, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre rediscovered Shakespeare as a writer who could comment incisively on the modern world. Productions such as Coriolanus, The Wars of the Roses and Hamlet established his reputation as a director able to bring Shakespeare to the heart of contemporary politics. He later cemented his reputation with epic productions of Coriolanus and Antony and Cleopatra at the National. With the Peter Hall Company, Hall continued to work intensively on Shakespeare, directing plays in the UK and America.

Reviewing Hall's work in its cultural and creative context, this study explores his approach to directing and rehearsal. This is the first book to analyse all of Hall's professional Shakespeare productions in a historical context, from the Suez crisis to the 9/11 attacks and beyond.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781472587091
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication date: 05/16/2019
Series: Shakespeare in the Theatre
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
File size: 497 KB

About the Author

Stuart Hampton Reeves is Professor of Research-informed Teaching at the University of Central Lancashire, UK

Table of Contents

Series Preface

Introduction: Speaking Shakespeare
1: Nostalgia and Politics at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre
2: Nation, Culture and Authority at the Royal Shakespeare Company
3: Authority in Crisis at the National Theatre
4: Protest and Politics at the National Theatre
5: Death and Sexuality after the National Theatre
6: Playing Shakespeare in America
7: National Stages

List of Productions

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