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Shakespeare the Player: A Life in the Theatre Book Review Summary

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This approach to writing about Shakespeare's life emphasizes the role and effects of his being an actor and writer among other actors, and writing for particular colleagues and the live stage. "Shakespeare the Player" discusses the companies for which Shakespeare wrote and acted, what English towns they toured to and when, the process of apprenticing actors in his time, how he may have rewritten and replotted his plays over time, and how the particular actors he had to work with might have influenced the stories Shakespeare chose to tell and the characters he decided to people them with.

The author is a longtime British stage actor trained at the Old Vic, so he is very familiar with the process of bringing Shakespeare's lines to life and mechanics of staging the plays. Photographs include not only images and places from Shakespeare's time, but productions in which the author worked and performed.
This report prepared by David Loftus








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Plot & Themes

job/profession:    -   actor/actress Job/profession/poverty story    -   Yes Story of entertainer?    -   Director/Producer Period of greatest activity?    -   ancient times

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   writer Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   British

Setting

How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   3 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK City?    -   Yes City:    -   London

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   thoughtful Pictures/Illustrations?    -   A ton 16-20 B&W How much dialogue in bio?    -   little dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   51%-75% of book

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