Ben Jonson and Theatre: Performance, Practice, and Theory

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Richard Allen Cave, Elizabeth Schafer, Brian Woolland
Routledge, Jan 1, 1999 - Literary Criticism - 223 pages
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This text is an investigation and celebration of the Jonson canon from the point of view of the theatre practitioner as well as the teacher. Reflecting the increasing interest in the wider field of Renaissance drama, the book bridges the theory/practice divide by debating how Jonson's drama operates in performance and including discussions with and between practitioners. It includes: essays on Jonson on stage; Jonson in the classroom; Jonson and women; and edited transcripts of interviews with contemporary practitioners. Contributors include: Sam Mendes, Geoffrey Rush (Oscar winning actor), Colin Ellwood, Genista Macintosh and John Nettles. The aim of the title is to suggest new perspectives and new possibilities of engaging rewardingly with the drama of Ben Jonson.

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About the author (1999)

Elizabeth Schafer is a professor of drama and theatre studies at Royal Holloway, University of London. She is the author of "MsDirecting Shakespeare: Women Direct Shakespeare" and the editor of "Shakespeare in Production: The Taming of the Shrew,

Brian Woolland is a Senior Lecturer in Drama and Theatre at the University of Reading.

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