- Publisher: Oberon Masters
- Format: Hardback | 192 pages
- Dimensions: 126mm x 190mm x 24mm | 281g
- Publication date: 23 October 2012
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1849432015
- ISBN 13: 9781849432016
- Edition statement: New.
- Sales rank: 999,948
"Desire and duty collide in Shakespeare's captivating tragedy of politics, passion and power. Two charismatic leaders, Mark Antony of Rome and Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, are caught in an all-encompassing love that threatens the Empire. Rome will do all it can to pull them apart. Or it will destroy them both. This classic Shakespeare tale is edited by Dame Janet Suzman, making this an authoritative edition. As she says in her new book 'Not Hamlet: Meditations on the Frail Position of Women in Drama' which studies the role of and for women in Shakespeare's canon, Suzman knows this play better than anyone else in the world, having played Cleopatra twice and having now directed the play twice. "
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"Janet Suzman was born in Johannesburg, graduated from the University of Witwatersrand, trained at LAMDA, and was at the RSC for a decade playing many of the heroines and culminating in a memorable Cleopatra. She has since pursued a richly varied career; twice winner of the Evening Standard Best Actress Award, she has also received Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations, twice won the Liverpool Echo Best Production Award and the TMA Best Production. She has diversified into occasional directing - beginning with her Johannesburg Othello in 1987 - and now teaches, lectures, writes and returns to acting, when the occasion beckons, with relief."
"Cerebral but also highly readable and entertaining' The Stage 'The essay on Cleopatra is the best I have ever read' Michael Dobson, CEO Shakespeare Institute 'An absolute gem... Clever, witty, original, backed up research and analysis, a stunning voyage around some of the greatest stage characters from Saint Joan to Cleopatra.' Kate Mosse (author of Labyrinth, Sepulchre and Citadel) 'The book is a wonder. I raced through each provocative and insightful chapter, nodding agreement throughout. It should be in all the best-seller lists, and...in many a Christmas stocking' Sir Ian McKellen 'I really enjoyed Not Hamlet - feisty, sensible, continually engaging and very well written. I have always suspected that intelligent actors know at least as much as scholars do about Shakespeare, and this proves it. And it is dead right about the absurdities regarding which overeducated aristocrat wrote Shakespeare' Robert Brustein (Theatre Critic, The New Republic) 'A thoughtful and considered kick up the arse to conspiracy theorists and to patriarchy.' Michael Boyd, Former Artistic Director, RSC"
Table of contents
A Rogue Prologue Boy Actors Cleopatra The Two Joans Hedda Gabler Gertrude and Ophelia Epilogue Bibliography and References