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Sweet William: A User's Guide to Shakespeare

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Michael Pennington's solo show about Shakespeare, Sweet William, has been acclaimed throughout Europe and in the US as a unique blend of showmanship and scholarship. In this book, he deepens his exploration of Shakespeare's life and work - and the connection between the two - that lies at its heart.

It is illuminated throughout by the unrivalled insights into the plays that Pennington has gained from the twenty thousand hours he has spent working on them as a leading actor, an artistic director and a director - and as the author of three previous books on individual Shakespeare plays. With practical analysis, wonderfully detailed and entertaining interpretations of characters and scenes, and vivid reflections on Shakespeares theatre and ours, the result is a masterclass of the most enjoyable kind for theatregoers, professionals, students and anyone interested in Shakespeare.

"A brilliant and intimate insiders guide to Shakespeare from one of our greatest classical actors." - Gregory Doran

"Michael Pennington is a great Shakespearian actor who writes with the authority of an academic. His book analyses the plays, the characters and the playwright's life. It will intrigue, entertain and challenge students, actors and their audiences." - Ian McKellen

"Rich and informative, and something that will be mined for many years to come by anyone interested in Shakespeare and in British theatre." - Professor James Shapiro

"Shakespeare comes wonderfully to life in Michaels beautifully written book." - Rupert Everett

"Irresistibly readable." - Peter Brook

"I cant remember when I learned so much from a single volume as I have from Michael Penningtons engaging, absorbing, congenial, informative new book Sweet William. ... Sometimes hes anecdotal, often lyrical, always thoughtful and occasionally laugh-aloud funny. Penningtons book is a must-read for anyone interested in Shakespeare from almost any angle - actor, drama student, teacher, director, technician, literature student or audience member." - The Stage

"The most important and best set of original Shakespeare essays that I have read in over thirty years... Pennington is blessed with an ideal combination of talents and experiences... a wonderful book." - Speaking English

Michael Pennington has played leading roles in Shakespeares plays for the Royal Shakespeare Company, the English Shakespeare Company (of which he was co-founder and joint Artistic Director), the Peter Hall Company and the BBC. He has also directed several of the plays, and is the author of three books on individual Shakespeare plays (Hamlet, Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Nights Dream). He has toured his solo shows, Sweet William and Anton Chekhov, throughout the world.

Synopsis:

A unique, personal guide to Shakespeares life and plays told through the experience of one of our leading classical actors.

Synopsis:

Michael Pennington has spent over 20,000 hours performing, directing and writing about Shakespeare. In Sweet William he examines the plays in the order of their writing and illuminates them with his own considerable understanding of the theatre then and now. The result is a Shakespeare masterclass which reflects deep and insightful understanding of the man and his work.

About the Author

Michael Pennington has played leading roles in Shakespeares plays for the Royal Shakespeare Company, the English Shakespeare Company (of which he was co-founder and joint Artistic Director), the Peter Hall Company and the BBC. He has also directed several of the plays, and is the author of three books on individual Shakespeare plays (Hamlet, Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Nights Dream). He has toured his solo shows, Sweet William and Anton Chekhov, throughout the world.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781848423442
Author:
Pennington, Michael
Publisher:
Nick Hern Books
Subject:
Theater - History & Criticism
Subject:
Drama -- History and criticism.
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20140431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.38 in

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A unique, personal guide to Shakespeares life and plays told through the experience of one of our leading classical actors.
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Michael Pennington has spent over 20,000 hours performing, directing and writing about Shakespeare. In Sweet William he examines the plays in the order of their writing and illuminates them with his own considerable understanding of the theatre then and now. The result is a Shakespeare masterclass which reflects deep and insightful understanding of the man and his work.
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