Titus Andronicus and Timon of Athens: Two Classical Plays

Titus Andronicus and Timon of Athens: Two Classical Plays

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 | 312 pages
  • Dimensions: 129mm x 198mm x 18mm | 333g
  • Publication date: 1 August 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Basingstoke
  • ISBN 10: 0230300944
  • ISBN 13: 9780230300941
  • Sales rank: 236,108

Product description

From the Royal Shakespeare Company - a fresh new edition of two of Shakespeare's classical plays This book includes: *Illuminating introductions to Titus Andronicus and Timon of Athens by award-winning scholar Jonathan Bate * The twoplays - with clear explanatory notes on each page * Helpful scene-by-scene analyses and key facts about both plays * An introduction to Shakespeare's career and the Elizabethan theatre * Rich explorations of approaches to staging both plays featuring photographs of key productions of each The most enjoyable way to understand a Shakespeare play is to see it or participate in it. This book presents a historical overview of two of Shakespeare's classical plays Titus Andronicusand Timon of Athens in performance, recommends film versions, takes a detailed look at specific productions and includes interviews with three leading Directors - Gregory Doran,YukioNinagawa and Michael Pennington - so that we may get a sense of the extraordinary variety of interpretations that are possible - a variety that gives Shakespeare his unique capacity to be reinvented and made 'our contemporary' four centuries after his death.

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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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'A triumphant addition to our times.' - Fiona Shaw, The Times

Table of contents

Introduction Titus Andronicus Timon of Athens About the Text Key Facts: Titus Andronicus The Lamentable Tragedy of Titus Andronicus Textual Notes Scene by Scene Analysis Titus Andronicus in Performance: the RSC and Beyond Four Centuries of Titus Andronicus: An Overview At the RSC The Director's Cut: Interviews with Gregory Doran and Yukio Ninagawa Key Facts: Timon of Athens The Life of Timon of Athens Textual Notes Timon of Athens in Performance: the RSC and Beyond Four Centuries of Timon: An Overview At the RSC The Director's Cut: an Interview with Gregory Doran Playing Timon: Michael Pennington Shakespeare's Career in the Theatre Shakespeare's Works: A Chronology The History Behind the Tragedies: A Chronology Further Reading and Viewing: Titus Andronicus and Timon of Athens References Acknowledgements and Picture Credits