Second edition

By Bernice Kliman


Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-6229-2
  • Pages: 256
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £15.99
  • Published Date: March 2004
  • BIC Category: Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800, Literature & literary studies / Shakespeare studies & criticism, LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, LITERARY CRITICISM / Shakespeare, PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / History & Criticism, Ireland, Literary studies: general, Literature: history & criticism, United Kingdom, Great Britain, Literature
  • Series: Shakespeare in Performance


This title explores the myriad decisions directors and actors make to produce a version of Shakespeare's play. It's full discussions of eighteen productions from the UK, Italy, Japan and the US empower readers to appreciate the many choices Shakespeare's text supports.


Series editors' preface
1. The protagonists and the production
Davenant and Betterton
David Garrick
Sarah Siddons
Macready and Forrest
2. Operatic Macbeth: What we could still learn from Verdi
Conical hats and broomsticks
Thinking about Macbeth
Performance as representation: Metaphor v. mimesis
3 The protagonists: Chiasmus interpretation on stage
Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh directed by Glen Byam Shaw
4. The protagonists: Chiasmus interpretations on television
Maurice Evans and Judith Anderson directed by George Schaefer
Eric Porter and Janet Suzman directed by John Gorrie
Nicol Williamson and Jane Lapotaire directed by Jack Gold
5. The production: Visionary directors on stage and screen
Orson Welles' 1936 'Voodoo' 'Macbeth' and its reincarnation on film
Trevor Nunn's production with Ian McKellan and Judi Dench
Ron Daniels's ensemble production
Ninagawa Macbeth: Fusion of Japanese and Western theatrical styles - Paul A. S. Harvey and Bernice W. Kliman
6. The production: Visionary directors on film
Akira Kurosawa's 'Throne of Blood'
Roman Polanski


Bernice W. Kliman is Professor Emeritus at Nassau Community College, State University of New York

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