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For the actor in each of us, Macmillan offers classic treasured plays written by (quite possibly) the most reknown playwright of all time, William Shakespeare.  Peruse the books, and discover witty and time-honored works, which are more modern than you may think!

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King Richard II

This study considers the theatrical fortunes of Richard II from its politically controversial beginnings on the Elizabethan and Restoration stage to its...

"...in which different theatres and companies (including the BBC and NBC/TV) have staged the play by cutting..."

Margaret Shewring

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Remaking Shakespeare

Performance Across Media, Genres and Cultures

This collection focuses on contemporary remakings of Shakespeare in a variety of contexts and textual forms. Located at the intersection of Shakespeare...

"...moments. The volume includes articles on Shakespeare in American Sign Language, theatre, film, screenplay..."

By Pascale Aebischer, Nigel Wheale and Ed Esche

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Shakespeare - Hamlet

This Readers' Guide traces the history of Hamlet criticism from the seventeenth century to the present in a way that is accessible to students and general...

"...This Readers' Guide traces the history of Hamlet criticism from the seventeenth century..."

Huw Griffiths

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Henry V

This study examines the profound changes that 20th-century performance has wrought on Shakespeare's complex drama of war and politics. What was accepted at the...

"...This study examines the profound changes that 20th-century performance has wrought on Shakespeare's complex drama of war and politics. What was accepted at the.... This study examines the profound changes that 20th-century performance has wrought on Shakespeare's complex drama of war and politics..."

James Loehlin

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Shakespeare's Drama of Exile

Exile defines the Shakespearean canon, from The Two Gentlemen of Verona to The Two Noble Kinsmen. This book traces the influences on the drama of exile,...

"...; and the discourses by which exile could be reshaped into comedy or tragedy. Across genres, Shakespeare's plays reveal..."

Jane Kingsley-Smith

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Measure for Measure

Measure for Measure generates much debate and is strikingly modern in its treatment of justice, the limits of authority, surveillance, sexual politics and...

"...Measure for Measure generates much debate and is strikingly modern in its treatment of justice, the limits of authority, surveillance, sexual politics and.... Measure for Measure generates much debate and is strikingly modern in its treatment of justice, the limits of authority, surveillance, sexual politics and gender identity. This introductory guide to the play offers a scene-by-scene theatrically aware commentary, contextual documents, a brief history of the text and first performanc..."

Stuart Hampton-Reeves

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King Lear

Second Edition

This updated and expanded analysis of King Lear in performance includes new chapters on the television version of the Royal National Theatre production...

".... By examining such issues as the playing of Lear, the staging of the storm and the battle, and the choice..."

Alexander Leggatt

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Studying Shakespeare on Film

An essential introductory guide to analyzing and discussing Shakespeare on screen.

"...An essential introductory guide to analyzing and discussing Shakespeare on screen.. A hands-on introductory guide to analyzing and discussing Shakespeare on screen. Part One establishes the differences between Shakespeare on stage and film, with Part Two providing a historical introduction to Shakespeare on film. Part Three explores the key modes and genre conventions used in Shakespeare on film..."

Maurice Hindle

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This exciting new title investigates the explosion of Shakespeare films during the 1990s and beyond. It reflects upon the contexts determining the production...

"...of Shakespeare's constitution as a guardian of enshrined values and a figure associated with play and reinvention. Linking fluctuating "Shakespeares" with the growth of a global marketplace..."

Mark Thornton Burnett

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The Taming of the Shrew

How might Katherine's final speech be staged in the twenty-first century? How might it have been staged in the sixteenth? Must this speech be played for irony,...

"...Shakespeare's "troubling comedy" or "light tragedy" might take on meaning today..."

Margaret Jane Jane Kidnie

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Richard III

This study offers students and performers an expansive introduction to the rich history and exciting performance potential of Shakespeare's play. An extensive...

"...and exciting performance potential of Shakespeare's play. An extensive.... This study offers students..."

Paul Prescott

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The Merchant of Venice

Choice, Hazard and Consequence

This study of "The Merchant of Venice" explores the degree of dramatic integrity Shakespeare achieves by unifying the play's many hard choices through a...

"...This study of "The Merchant of Venice" explores the degree of dramatic integrity Shakespeare achieves by unifying the play's many hard choices through a.... This study of "The Merchant of Venice" explores the degree of dramatic integrity Shakespeare achieves by unifying the play's many hard..."

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The Tempest

The commentary at the heart of the book introduces readers to the challenge of reading The Tempest as a text and responding to the play in performance. Other...

"...The commentary at the heart of the book introduces readers to the challenge of reading The Tempest as a text and responding to the play in performance. Other.... The commentary at the heart of the book introduces readers to the challenge of reading The Tempest as a text and responding to the play..."

Trevor R. Griffiths

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Hamlet

In this illuminating study, Anthony Dawson surveys the stage history of Hamlet from its appearance in Shakespeare’s time to the efflorescence of new and...

"...In this illuminating study, Anthony Dawson surveys the stage history of Hamlet from its appearance in Shakespeare’s time to the efflorescence of new and.... In this illuminating study, Anthony Dawson surveys the stage history of Hamlet from its appearance in Shakespeare’s time to the efflorescence..."

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The Henry VI Plays

The Henry VI plays are Shakespeare’s earliest, most theatrically exciting plays and in their day, they were among his most popular works Modern productions...

"...The Henry VI plays are Shakespeare’s earliest, most theatrically exciting plays and in their day, they were among his most popular works Modern productions.... The Henry VI plays are Shakespeare’s earliest, most theatrically exciting plays and in their day, they were among his most popular works..."

By Stuart Hampton-Reeves and Carol Chillington Rutter

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Antony and Cleopatra

This Shakespeare Handbook offers the student of Shakespeare and the theatre a way in to reading Anthony and Cleopatra theatrically. Through analyses of key...

"...This Shakespeare Handbook offers the student of Shakespeare and the theatre a way in to reading Anthony and Cleopatra theatrically. Through analyses of key.... This Shakespeare Handbook offers the student of Shakespeare and the theatre a way in to reading Anthony and Cleopatra theatrically. Through analyses of key theatre and film productions, an account of the historical and theatrical conditions in which the play was first ..."

By Bridget Escolme and John Russell Brown

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Shakespeare's As You Like It

Late Elizabethan Culture and Literary Representation

"...of Renaissance literature, drama, and Shakespeare in particular.”--Grace Tiffany, Professor of Shakespeare and Renaissance Drama, Western Michigan University and author of Love's Pilgrimage and Erotic..."

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Shakespeare's Entrails

Belief, Scepticism and the Interior of the Body

David Hillman's new book focuses on a vital area of contemporary Renaissance scholarship - that of Early Modern notions of embodiment and selfhood. The book...

"...David Hillman's new book focuses on a vital area of contemporary Renaissance scholarship - that of Early Modern notions of embodiment and selfhood. The book.... David Hillman's new book focuses on a vital area of contemporary Renaissance scholarship - that of Early Modern notions of embodiment and selfhood. The book imagines the Shakespearean corpus from the inside out: it explores the preoccupation with the body's interior spaces in several of Shakespeare's plays, focussing on ho..."

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Twelfth Night

This edition of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night reprints the Bevington edition of the play along with seven sets of thematically arranged primary documents and...

"...This edition of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night reprints the Bevington edition of the play along with seven sets of thematically arranged primary documents and.... This edition of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night reprints the Bevington edition of the play along with seven sets of thematically arranged..."

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A Choice of Shakespeare's Verse

Shakespeare's best as chosen by the great English poet “According to most anthologies, [Shakespeare] wrote only sonnets and songs for his plays. The reason...

"...] wrote only sonnets and songs for his plays. The reason.... Shakespeare's best as chosen by the great English poet “According to most anthologies, [Shakespeare] wrote only sonnets and songs for his..."

Ted Hughes

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Shakespeare's Problem Plays

All's Well That Ends Well, Measure for Measure, Troilus and Cressida

This New Casebook offers a selection of contemporary readings of Shakespeare's "problem plays", All's Well That Ends Well, Measure for Measure, and Troilus and...

"...This New Casebook offers a selection of contemporary readings of Shakespeare's "problem plays..."

Simon Barker

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Citizen Shakespeare

Freemen and Aliens in the Language of the Plays

Citizen Shakespeare combines recent historiography with the close analysis of language to show how the subjectivities of the London citizen and the immigrant...

"...to demonstrate for the first time that Shakespeare's plays embody citizen and alien identities..."

John Michael Archer

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Shakespeare on Love

Quotations from the Plays & Poems

William Shakespeare is considered the greatest playwright and poet in history not merely for his extraordinary gift for language, but more because "he was also...

"...William Shakespeare is considered the greatest playwright and poet in history not merely for his extraordinary gift for language, but more because "he was also.... William Shakespeare is considered the greatest playwright and poet in history not merely for his extraordinary gift for language..."

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The Sonnets

Poems of Love

T.S. Eliot once wrote that, "Shakespeare gives the greatest width of human passion," and it is this passion that has traditionally made The Sonnets appealing...

"...power to communicate with all other minds." --William Hazlitt "Shakespeare is the greatest..."

William Shakespeare

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