Henry V

Henry V

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From the Royal Shakespeare Company - a modern, definitive edition of Shakespeare's great exploration of patriotism and war. With an expert introduction by Sir Jonathan Bate, this unique edition presents a historical overview of Henry V in performance, takes a detailed look at specific productions, and recommends film versions. Included in this edition are interviews with four leading directors - Kenneth Branagh, Nicholas Hytner, Michael Boyd and Ed Hall - providing an illuminating insight into the extraordinary variety of interpretations that are possible. This edition also includes an essay on Shakespeare's career and Elizabethan theatre, and enables the reader to understand the play as it was originally intended - as living theatre to be enjoyed and performed.

Ideal for students, theatre-goers, actors and general readers, the RSC Shakespeare editions offer a fresh, accessible and contemporary approach to reading and rediscovering Shakespeare's works for the twenty-first century.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 13mm | 266g
  • Red Globe Press
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2010 ed.
  • 240 p.
  • 0230243827
  • 9780230243828
  • 139,817

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From the Royal Shakespeare Company - a fresh new edition of Shakespeare's great exploration of patriotism and warTHIS EDITION INCLUDES: * An introduction to Henry V by award-winning scholar Jonathan Bate* The play - with clear and authoritative explanatory notes on each page* A helpful scene-by-scene analysis and key facts about the play* An introduction to Shakespeare's career and the Elizabethan theatre* A rich exploration of approaches to staging the play featuring photographs of key productions The most enjoyable way to understand a Shakespeare play is to see it or participate in it. This unique edition presents a historical overview of Henry V in performance, recommends film versions, takes a detailed look at specific productions and includes interviews with three leading directors - Nicholas Hytner, Michael Boyd and Ed Hall - 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.Ideal for students, theatre-goers, actors and general readers, the RSC Shakespeare editions offer an accessible and contemporary approach to reading and rediscovering Shakespeare's works for the twenty-first century.
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Table of contents

Introduction.- About the Text.- Key Facts.- The Life of Henry the Fifth.- Textual Notes.- Synopses of the two parts of Henry IV.- Scene-by-scene Analysis.- Henry V in Performance: the RSC and Beyond.- Four Centuries of Henry V: An Overview.- At the RSC.- The Director's Cut: Interviews with Kenneth Branagh, Nicholas Hytner, Ed Hall, Michael Boyd.- Shakespeare's Career in the Theatre.- Shakespeare's Works: a Chronology.- Kings and Queens of England: from the History Plays to Shakespeare's Lifetime.- The History behind the Histories: A Chronology.- Further Reading and Viewing.- References.- Acknowledgements and Picture Credits
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' Informative, thought-provoking and humane.' - Dr Colin Burrow, University of Oxford, UK
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About Eric Rasmussen

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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