- Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
- Format: Paperback | 208 pages
- Dimensions: 128mm x 194mm x 14mm | 240g
- Publication date: 23 April 2009
- Publication City/Country: Basingstoke
- ISBN 10: 0230576206
- ISBN 13: 9780230576209
- Sales rank: 163,483
This is the first edition of "Macbeth" to be developed by and for the RSC, the world's leading Shakespeare theatre 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. Outstanding on-page notes explain words and phrases unfamiliar to a modern audience, including the slang, political references and bawdy humour often ignored or censored in competing editions. The book includes scene-by-scene summary, offering an easily understandable way into the play; presents a completely new introduction by Jonathan Bate, exploring the text and critical debates around it; contains a summary of the play's performance history, at the RSC and elsewhere; and features interviews with important Shakespearean directors Rupert Goold, Gregory Doran and Trevor Nunn discussing key productions at the RSC.
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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.
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Table of contents
Introduction; About the Text; Key Facts; The Tragedy of Macbeth; Textual Notes; Scene-by-scene Analysis; Macbeth in Performance: The RSC and Beyond; Four Centuries of Macbeth: An Overview; At the RSC; The Director's Cut: interviews with Rupert Goold, Gregory Doran and Trevor Nunn; Shakespeare's Career in the Theatre; Shakespeare's Works: A Chronology; Further Reading and Viewing; Acknowledgements and Picture Credits.