Item description for The Winter's Tale - Arden Shakespeare: Shakespeare at Stratford Series (Shakespeare at Stratford) by Patricia E. Tatspaugh...
The Arden Shakespeare, in association with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, presents a new series of volumes on Shakespeare's plays in performance. The series discusses and analyses the wide range of theatrical interpretation stimulated and provoked by the most frequently performed plays. Each volume explores how different directors, designers and actors have interpreted and adapted an individual play in terms of narrative focus, themes and characters, scenery and costume. The focus is on productions at Stratford-upon-Avon since 1945, on the basis that the record of Shakespeare performances at Stratford's theatres offers a wider, fuller and more various range of interpretation than is offered by any other theatre company. The volumes also set this record in a wider geographical and chronological context by means of a historical overview of earlier productions and of productions beyond Stratford. Published in conjunction with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, each volume features a wealth of photographs (many of them not previously seen in print) drawn from the archive of RSC performance materials held in the Trust's library at the Shakespeare Centre in Stratford. Shakespeare at Stratford will surprise, inform and delight both students and scholars of Shakespeare and performance history and the general reader with an interest in theatre. For many years it was commonplace to dismiss The Winter's Tale as too complex or too crudely constructed to be staged successfully. This in-depth study demonstrates how individual performances have challenged this viewpoint and testify rather to the play's stage-worthiness and its potent effect on audiences. Dr Tatspaugh gives an overview of the play's stage history and a detailed discussion of nine productions, revealing how directors, designers and actors have explored the richness of this late romance, and how their explorations have revealed the compelling nature of the play in performance.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.88" Width: 5.24" Height: 0.49" Weight: 0.61 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 2001
ISBN 1903436168 ISBN13 9781903436165
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Reviews - What do customers think about The Winter's Tale - Arden Shakespeare: Shakespeare at Stratford Series (Shakespeare at Stratford)?
Two romances - one joyful and one tragic Sep 7, 2008
"A Winter's Tale" is two romances in a single play. The tragic but open romance of Leontes and Hermione, and the ultimately joyful but initially clandestine romance of Florizel and Perdita. The tale spans more than a decade and can serve as a cautionary tale about mistrust and jealousy.
My favorite character was Autolycos. Rogue, thief, impersonator of nobility, but the linkage that pulled some of the threads together in the end.
This one feels long, even by Shakespearian standards. On the other hand it was easier to follow than other Shakespeare plays. A great story with the capacity to present well on stage or screen. I'm just sorry folks don't hear about this one more.
E.M. Van Court
A fantastic resource Oct 23, 2007
I'm from England and I'm studying this play for A level (as a mature student - normally taken when aged 17) but although the UK is the home of 'The Bard' this item is not available in the UK! I'm very impressed with this site.com who delivered it quickly and cheaply!
The CD itself is great. It really helps to hear the play, as the intonation is correct, which is sometimes difficult to do when reading it yourself.
The actors' voices are clear and suit their parts perfectly. I'd definitely recommend it - and I will look out for more titles in this series when I've finished studying this one!
A gentle and melancholy play May 25, 2007
Although this play is not one of Shakespeare's better known plays, it is one of his very best. It is a tragicomedy suffused by gentle melancholy. Unreasonable and cruel jealousy are also portrayed. We also have two endearing young lovers to liven up the story. These characters are very well-drawn, and the story is quite beautiful.
A tale to pass the winter snow. Jan 12, 2007
I have always favoured the Oxford Shakespeare series over others (Folger, etc), and the Winter's Tale is no exception. It's translation notes and lexigraphical assistance makes reading a joy and brings out the true heart and soul of one of Shakespeare's commonly overlooked tragi-comedies.
About par for Shakespeare. May 7, 2006
As usual in Shakespearean plays, the language here is very prettily written. As usual in Shakespearean comedies, there are plot holes that one could easily drive a tank squadron through. But since this is not just a comedy, but a tragicomedy, in which the first part is a tragedy and the second a comedy, not everything comes out well in the end: some worthy characters die. Also, as is usual for Shakespeare, we have a morality play on the evils of jealousy and closed-mindedness. Really, though, other than the pretty Shakespearean turns of phrase, there isn't much to recommend this book.