SHAKESPEARE IN PERFORMANCE

A Select Bibliography of Materials

 

One way to approach the plays of Shakespeare is through a study of the performances of his texts. Accounts of these performances come from two sources: those within the theatre profession itself and those observers without. Directors, actors and actresses speak from working "inside" the text of the playwright, using the techniques of their respective crafts to bring a particular drama to life on the stage. Observers watching a play, either in the rehearsal period or in performance, see the same process but from a different vantage point. Photographic studies of performances are also a valid source of information. Sets (if there are any), costumes and makeup; the director's placement of the characters on stage and their spatial relationship to one another are elements that help to see the nature of the dramatist's work. This is especially true of Shakespeare whose plays can be set in different time periods -- or no period at all -- and still convey the author's illumination of human nature. The following materials support the performance approach to the study of Shakespeare.

BOOKS

GENERAL

Berry, Ralph.
On directing Shakespeare: interviews with contemporary directors.
London: Hamish Hamilton, 1989.
(PR3091.B475 1993)

 

Berry, Ralph.
Shakespeare in performance: castings and metamorphoses.
New York: St. Martin's Press, 1993.
(PR 3091 .B475 1993).

 

Crowl, Samuel.
Shakespeare observed: studies in performance on stage and screen.
Athens: Ohio University Press, 1992.
(PR 3093 .076 1992).

 

David, Richard.
Shakespeare in the theatre.
(Royal Shakespeare Company)
Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1981.
(PR3100 .D38 1981).

 

Kennedy, Dennis.
Looking at Shakespeare: a visual history of twentieth-century performance.
Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1993.
(PR3100 .K46 1993).

 

Kiernander, Adrian.
Ariane Mnouchkine and the Theatre du Soleil.
(See Chapter 8, The School of Shakespeare, for the
director's Oriental approach to the staging of his plays).
Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1993.
(PN2638 .M445 K54 1993).

 

Players of Shakespeare: essays in Shakespearean performance.
Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1985.
(PR3112 .P55 1985).

 

Players of Shakespeare 2: further essays in Shakespearean performance.
Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1988.
(PR3112.P554 1988).

 

Players of Shakespeare 3: further essays in Shakespearian performance.
Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1993.
(PR3112 .P555 1993).

 

Raby, Peter.
The Stratford scene, 1958-1968.
(The Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Canada).
Toronto, Vancouver: Clarke, Irwin, 1968.
(PR3109.03 S81).

 

Shakespeare: an illustrated stage history. Ed. by Jonathan Bate
and Russell Jackson. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 1996.
(PR 3106.S48 1996).
Shakespeare around the globe: a guide to notable postwar revivals.
New York: Greenwood Press, 1986.
(PR3100 .S53 1986).

 

Speaight, Robert.
Shakespeare on the stage: an illustrated history of Shakespearian performance.
Boston: Little, Brown, 1973.
(PR3091 .S58).

 

The Stratford Festival, 1953-1957: a record in pictures and text
of the Shakespearean Festival in Canada.
Toronto: Clarke, Irwin, 1958.
(PR3109.C3 S8).

 

INDIVIDUAL PLAYS

All's Well That Ends Well.

 

Styan, J. L.
All's well that ends well.
Manchester; Dover, N.H.: Manchester University Press, 1984.
(Shakespeare in Performance series).
(PR2801 .S8 1984).

 Antony and Cleopatra.

 

Lowen, Tirzah.
Peter Hall directs Antony and Cleopatra.
New York: Limelight Editions, 1991.
(PR 2802 .L69 1991).

 

Male, David.
Antony and Cleopatra.
(Royal Shakespeare Company)
Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1984.
(PR2802 .M33 1984).

 Coriolanus.

 

Bedford, Kristina.
Coriolanus at the National: "Th' interpretation of the time".
Selinsgrove, PA: Susquehanna University Press; London: Associated
 University Presses, 1992.
(PR 2805 .B44 1992)

 

Daniell, David Scott.
Coriolanus in Europe.
(Royal Shakespeare Company).
London: Athlone Press, 1980.
(PR2805 .D36).

 Cymbeline.

 

Warren, Roger.
Cymbeline.
Manchester, UK; New York: Manchester University Press, 1989.
(Shakespeare in Performance series).
(PR 2806 .W37 1989).

 Hamlet.

Dawson, Anthony B.
Hamlet
Manchester, New York: Manchester University Press, 1995
(Shakespeare in performance series).
(PR 2807 .D35 1995).

 

Gilder, Rosamond.
John Gielgud's Hamlet; a record of performance.
New York; Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1937.
(PR2807 .G387).

 

Pennington, Michael
Hamlet: a user's guide.
New York: Limelight Editions, 1996
(PR 2807 .P36 1996).

 

Rossi, Alfred.
Minneapolis rehearsals: Tyrone Guthrie directs Hamlet.
Berkeley: University of California Press, 1970.
(PR3105, R6).

 Henry IV, Part One.

 

McMillin, Scott.
Henry IV, part one.
Manchester; New York: Manchester University Press, 1991.
(Shakespeare in Performance series).
(PR 2810 .M36 1991).

 Henry IV, Part Two.

 

Hodgdon, Barbara.
Henry IV, part two.
Manchester, UK; New York: Manchester University Press, 1993.
(Shakespeare in Performance series).
(PR 2811 .H55 1993)

 Henry V.

 

Loehlin, James N.
Henry V.
Manchester; New York: Manchester University Press, 1996.
(PR 2812 .L64 1996)

 

The Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Henry V for the Centenary
 season at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Ed. by Sally Beauman.
Oxford; New York: Pergamon Press, 1976.
(PR2812.A2 B4).

 See also: The Wars of the Roses.

 Henry VIII.

 

Richard, Hugh M.
King Henry VIII.
Manchester; New York: Manchester University Press, 1994.
(Shakespeare in Performance series).
(PR 2817 .R53 1994).

 Julius Caesar.

 

Ripley, John.
Julius Caesar on stage in England and America, 1599-1973.
Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1980.
(PR2808 .R56)

 King Lear.

 

Cox, Brian.
The Lear diaries: the story of the Royal National Theatre's productions
of Shakespeare's Richard III and King Lear.
London: Methuen, 1992.
(PN 2598 .C38 A33 1992).

 

Good, Maurice.
Every inch a Lear: a rehearsal journal of "King Lear" with Peter Ustinov
and the Stratford Festival Company.
Victoria, British Columbia: Sono Nis Press, 1982.
(PR2819 .G66)

 

Leggett, Alexander.
King Lear.
Manchester; New York: Manchester University Press, 1991.
(Shakespeare in Performance series).
(PR 2819 .L4 1991).

 

Russo, Peggy Anne.
The great stage of fools: the Stratford Festival's King Lear, 1964. (Canada).
1988 (Ph.D thesis, University of Michigan).
(PR 2819 .R877 1988a).

 King Richard II

 

Shewring, Margaret.
King Richard II.
Manchester, New York: Manchester University Press, 1996.
(Shakespeare in performance series).
(PR 2820 .S54 1996).

 Love's Labour's Lost.

 

Gilbert, Miriam.
Love's labour's lost.
Manchester; New York: Manchester University Press, 1993.
(Shakespeare in Performance series).
(PR 2822 .G5 1993).

 Macbeth.

 

Kliman, Bernice W.
Macbeth.
Manchester; New York: Manchester University Press, 1992.
(Shakespeare in Performance series).
(PR 2823 .K58 1992).

 

Male, David.
Macbeth.
(Royal Shakespeare Company: 1974, 1976, 1982).
Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1984.
(PR2823 .M27 1984).

 The Merchant of Venice.

 

Bulman, James C.
The merchant of Venice.
Manchester; New York: Manchester University Press, 1991.
(Shakespeare in Performance series).
(PR 2825 .B78 1991).

 A Midsummer Night's Dream.

 

A midsummer night's dream. Edited by Trevor R. Griffiths.
Cambridge, New York: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
(Shakespeare in production series).
PR 2827 M53 1996).

 

Peter Brook's production of William Shakespeare's A midsummer night's dream
 for the Royal Shakespeare Company. Edited by Glenn Loney.
Stratford-upon-Avon: Royal Shakespeare Company; Chicago: Dramatic Pub. Co.,
1974.
(PR2827.A2 B7)

 

Selbourne, David.
The making of A midsummer night's dream: an eye-witness account of Peter
Brook's production from first rehearsal to first night.
London: Methuen, 1982.
(PR2827.A2 S4 1982).

 

Sprung, Guy.
Hot ice: Shakespeare in Moscow: a director's diary.
Winnipeg: Blizzard Publishing, 1991.
(PN 2308 .S678 1991).

 Othello.

 

Tynan, Kenneth, ed.
Othello.
(The National Theatre, Great Britain, production with Laurence Olivier).
New York: Stein and Day, 1967.
(PR2829 .T9 1967).

 Richard II, see King Richard III.

 Richard III.

Colley, John Scott.
Richard's himself again: a stage history of Richard III.
New York: Greenwood Press, 1992.
(PR 2821 .C65 1992).

 

Cox, Brian.
The Lear diaries: the story of the Royal National Theatre's productions of
Shakespeare's Richard III and King Lear.
London: Methuen, 1992.
(PN 2598 .C38 A33 1992).

 

Richmond, Hugh M.
King Richard III.
Manchester; New York: Manchester University Press, 1989.
(Shakespeare in Performance series).
(PR 2821 .R5 1989).

 

Sher, Antony.
Year of the king: An actor's diary and sketchbook.
(Royal Shakespeare Company).
London: Chatto & Windus, 1985.
(PN2598.S4 Y43 1985).

 Romeo and Juliet.

 

Levenson, Jill L.
Romeo and Juliet.
Manchester; Wolfeboro, NH: Manchester University Press, 1987.
(Shakespeare in Performance series).
(PR2831 L48 1987).

 The Taming of the Shrew.

 

Holderness, Graham.
The taming of the shrew.
Manchester; New York: Manchester University Press, 1989.
(Shakespeare in Performance series).
(PR 2832 .H65 1989).

 Titus Andronicus.

 

Dessen, Alan C.
Titus Andronicus.
Manchester; New York: Manchester University Press, 1989.
(Shakespeare in Performance series).
(PR 2835 .D47 1989).

 The Wars of the Roses.

 

Bogdanov, Michael.
The English Shakespeare Company: the story of the Wars of the Roses,
1986-1989
(Richard II, Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2;
Henry V; adaptation of the three parts of Henry VI, and Richard III).
London: Hern, 1990.
(PR 3106. B643 1990).

 

Pearson, Richard.
A band of arrogant and united heroes: The story of the Royal Shakespeare
Company production of the Wars of the Roses.
(Adaptation of the three parts of Henry VI plus Richard III).
London: Adelphi Press, 1990.
(PR 3100 P43 1990).

 The Winter's Tale.

 

Bartholomeusz, Dennis.
"The winter's tale" in performance in England and America, 1611-1976.
Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1982.
(PR2839 .B37 1982).

 

Male, David.
The winter's tale.
(Royal Shakespeare Company: 1969, 1976, 1981).
Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1984.
(PR2839 .M34 1984).

 

COMBINED PLAYS

Davies, Robertson.
Thrice the brinded cat hath mew'd; a record of the Stratford Shakespearean
Festival in Canada, 1955.
( Julius Caesar, The Merchant of Venice).
Toronto: Clarke, Irwin, 1955.
(PR3109.C3 D38).

 

Guthrie, Tyrone.
Renown at Stratford; a record of the Shakespeare Festival in Canada, 1953.
( All's Well That End's Well, Richard III).
Toronto: Clarke. Irwin (1971. c1953).
(PR3109.C3 S82 1971).

 

Guthrie, Tyrone.
Twice have the trumpets sounded; a record of the Stratford Shakespearean
Festival in Canada, 1954.
( Measure for Measure, The Taming of the Shrew).
Toronto: Clarke, Irwin, 1954.
(PR3109 .C3 G875 1954).

 

Warren, Roger.
Staging Shakespeare's late plays.
( Cymbeline, Pericles, The Tempest, The Winter's Tale).
Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1990.
(PR 3091 .W37 1990).

 

Wells, Stanley W.
Royal Shakespeare: Four major productions at Stratford-upon-Avon.
( Coriolanus, Hamlet, Twelfth Night, Richard II).
Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1977.
(PR 3100 .W44)

 

VIDEO

The Stratford Festival.
Infinite variety: women in Shakespeare.
(Five actresses associated with the Stratford Festival in Canada are
interviewed by Pat Quigley, the Festival's Education Liaison. These offstage
conversations focus on how they interpret the text to create onstage roles in,
among other plays, The Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet and Measure for Measure.
(Hesburgh Audio Center W501-2 VC).

 

JOURNALS

These journals contain reviews of performances throughout the world with the
emphasis on those in England, the United States and Canada. They provide an
in-depth look at the theatrical aspects of the productions in relation to the texts.

 

Shakespeare quarterly.
Washington, DC: Folger Shakespeare Library).
Volume 1 (1950) to date.
(PR 2887 .Sh16).

 

Shakespeare survey.
Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press.
Volume 1 (1948) to date.
(PR 2888 .C144).