The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1291 Thursday, 22 July 1999.
Date: Friday, 16 Jul 1999 14:42:49 CDT
Subject: Shakespeare Acting Books
Of course the all-time best in my opinion is John Barton's PLAYING
SHAKESPEARE, now sadly out of print but still available around.
Transcripts of his workshops with RSC actors and the clearest, most
astute direct guide to balancing text-based analytical approach with
necessities of physical enactment. Does not delve much into oblique,
abstract, conceptual approaches.
For these, though it's not directly an "acting" book, I recommend the
recent NEW SITES FOR SHAKESPEARE (on Shakespeare encountering Asian and
Near Eastern theater).
Hope these help.
Northlight Theater/University of Chicago