Synopses & Reviews
In this engaging and lively book, Elizabeth Shafer captures a sense of the creative world of women directing Shakespeare. She explores the works of such prestigious directors as Joan Littlewood, actress and director Dame Judi Dench, Gale Edwards, and Jude Kelley, and she looks at a variety of productions directed by women. In interviews with the author, the directors discuss their craft, their critics, and the innovative approaches they have brought to performances of Shakespeares plays. These thoughtful reflections on the art of directing and the challenges facing women directors will be illuminating reading for anyone interested in the world of the theater and Shakespeare.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -274) and index.
About the Author
is a lecturer in drama and theatre studies at Royal Holloway College, the University of London. She has published several books on Renaissance drama.
Table of Contents
Part 1--The Directors
* Joan Littlewood * Jane Howell * Yvonne Brewster * Di Trevis * Jules Wright * Helena Kaut-Howson * Deborah Paige * Jude Kelly * Gale Edwards * Part 2--The Plays
* The Taming of the Shrew
* Much Ado About Nothing
* A Midsummer Nights Dream
* The Tempest
* The Winters Tale
* Alls Well That Ends Well
* The Merchant of Venice
* King Lear
* English History Plays: Richard II
, Henry IV
, Henry VI
, Richard III
* Roman History Plays: Titus Andronicus, Anthony and Cleopatra, Coriolanus
* Part 3--Women Directors: A Herstory
* Before Edy Craig * Edy Craig and After * The Sixties and Seventies * Reflections