King Lear

King Lear

Paperback The RSC Shakespeare

By (author) William Shakespeare, Edited by Jonathan Bate, Edited by Eric Rasmussen

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  • Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 129mm x 198mm x 16mm | 263g
  • Publication date: 23 April 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Basingstoke
  • ISBN 10: 0230576141
  • ISBN 13: 9780230576148
  • Sales rank: 96,378

Product description

The first edition of "King Lear" developed by and for the RSC, with unique material including a new introduction from Jonathan Bate and interviews with important RSC directors. This is the first edition of "King Lear" to be developed by and for the RSC, the world's leading Shakespeare theater company and it includes unique material to help the reader understand and enjoy Shakespeare on the stage as well as on the page. It is illustrated with photographs of classic and unusual performances. It features outstanding on-page notes which explain words and phrases unfamiliar to a modern audience, including the slang, political references and bawdy humor often ignored or censored in competing editions. It includes scene-by-scene summary, offering an easily understandable way into the play new introduction by Jonathan Bate, exploring the text and critical debates around it.This book features: summary of the play's performance history, at the RSC and elsewhere; and, interviews with important Shakespearean directors Adrian Noble, Trevor Nunn and Deborah Warner discussing key productions at the RSC.From the Royal Shakespeare Company, this fresh edition offers new insight into Shakespeare's dark tragedy through interviews with leading directors Adrian Noble, Trevor Nunn and Deborah Warner, outstanding scene-by-scene analysis and on-page notes, and a thought-provoking new introduction from celebrated scholar Jonathan Bate.

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Author information

JONATHAN BATE is Professor of Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature, University of Warwick, UK, and the editor of The RSC Shakespeare: The Complete Works. He has held visiting posts at Harvard, Yale and UCLA and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a Fellow of the British Academy, an Honorary Fellow of St Catherine's College, Cambridge, and a Governor and Board member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. A prominent critic, award-winning biographer and broadcaster, he is the author of several books on Shakespeare, including The Genius of Shakespeare (Picador), which was praised by Sir Peter Hall, founder of the RSC, as 'the best modern book on Shakespeare'. In June 2006 he was awarded a CBE by HM The Queen 'for services to Higher Education'. ERIC RASMUSSEN is Professor of English at the University of Nevada, USA, and the Textual Editor of The RSC Shakespeare: The Complete Works. He is co-editor of the Norton Anthology of English Renaissance Drama and has edited volumes in both the Arden Shakespeare and Oxford World's Classics series. He is the General Textual Editor of the Internet Shakespeare Editions project - one of the most visited Shakespeare websites in the world. For over nine years he has written the annual review of editions and textual studies for the Shakespeare Survey.

Table of contents

Introduction; About the Text; Key Facts; The Tragedy of King Lear; Textual Notes; Quarto Passages that do not Appear in the Folio; Scene-by-scene Analysis; King Lear in Performance: The RSC and Beyond; Four Centuries of King Lear: An Overview; At the RSC; The Director's Cut: Interviews with Adrian Noble, Trevor Nunn and Deborah Warner; Shakespeare's Career in the Theatre; Shakespeare's Works: A Chronology; Further Reading and Viewing; Acknowledgements and Picture Credits.