Reviews of the First Edition
`...valuable and enjoyable reading for all studying Shakespeare's plays.'
Following in the patternestablished by John Russell Brown for the excellent series (Theatre and Production Studies), he provides first an account of Shakespeare's company, then a study of three individual plays Twelfth Night, Hamlet and Macbeth as performed by the company. Peter Thomson writes in a crisp, sharp, enlivening style.' TLS
'`...the best analysis yet of Elizabethan acting practices, excavated form the texts themselves rather than reconstructed on basis of one monolithic theory, and an essay on Hamlet that is a model of Critical intelligence and theatrical invention.' Yearbook of English Studies
`Synthesizes the important facts and summarizes projects with a vigorous prose style, and expertly applies his experience in both practical drama and academic teaching to his discussion.' Review of English Studies
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BALANCING THE BOOKS
THE GLOBE THEATRE
THE GLOBE PLAYS
TWELFTH NIGHT AND PLAYHOUSE PRACTICE
HAMLET AND THE ACTOR IN SHAKESPEARES
MACBETH FROM THE TIRING HOUSE
APPENDIX A The inventory taken of all the properties for
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