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Much Ado About Nothing

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Red Globe Press

Pages: 200
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The RSC Shakespeare

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26 August 2009

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From the Royal Shakespeare Company – a modern, definitive edition of Shakespeare’s much-loved comedy of the battle between the sexes. With an expert introduction by Sir Jonathan Bate, this unique edition presents a...

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From the Royal Shakespeare Company – a modern, definitive edition of Shakespeare’s much-loved comedy of the battle between the sexes. With an expert introduction by Sir Jonathan Bate, this unique edition presents a historical overview of Much Ado About Nothing in performance, takes a detailed look at specific productions, and recommends film versions. Included in this edition are three interviews with two leading directors and an actor – Marianne Elliott, Nicholas Hytner and Harriet Walter – providing an illuminating insight into the extraordinary variety of interpretations that are possible. This edition also includes an essay on Shakespeare’s career and Elizabethan theatre, and enables the reader to understand the play as it was originally intended – as living theatre to be enjoyed and performed.

Ideal for students, theatre-goers, actors and general readers, the RSC Shakespeare editions offer a fresh, accessible and contemporary approach to reading and rediscovering Shakespeare’s works for the twenty-first century.

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  • An exemplary introduction to Much Ado About Nothing by award-winning scholar Sir Jonathan Bate
  • The play - with clear and authoritative explanatory notes on each page
  • A helpful scene-by-scene analysis and key facts about the play
  • A rich exploration of approaches to staging the play
  • Photographs of classic or unusual performances illustrate different interpretations open to actors or directors
  • Interviews with two leading directors and an actor - Marianne Elliott, Nicholas Hytner and Harriet Walter
  • An introduction to Shakespeare's career and the Elizabethan theatre
  • A key facts 'box' summarizing the plot, major roles, language and sources
  • A clear, single-column page design
  • Recommendations for further reading on key critical approaches and the play in performance, along with recommended viewing


Introduction
About the Text
Key Facts
Much Ado About Nothing
Textual Notes
Scene-by-scene Analysis
Much Ado in Performance: The RSC and Beyond
Four Centuries of Much Ado: An Overview
At the RSC
The Director's Cut: Interviews with Marianne Elliott and Nicholas Hytner
Harriet Walter on Playing Beatrice
Shakespeare's Career in the Theatre
Shakespeare's Works: A Chronology
Further Reading and Viewing
References
Acknowledgements and Picture Credits

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SIR JONATHAN BATE is Professor of Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature, University of Warwick, UK, and the editor of The RSC Shakespeare: The Complete Works. He has held visiting posts at Harvard, Yale and UCLA and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a Fellow of the British Academy, an Honorary Fellow of St Catherine's College, Cambridge, and a Governor and Board member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. A prominent critic, award-winning biographer and broadcaster, he is the author of several books on Shakespeare, including The Genius of Shakespeare (Picador), which was praised by Sir Peter Hall, founder of the RSC, as "the best modern book on Shakespeare." In June 2006 he was awarded a CBE by HM...

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SIR JONATHAN BATE is Professor of Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature, University of Warwick, UK, and the editor of The RSC Shakespeare: The Complete Works. He has held visiting posts at Harvard, Yale and UCLA and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a Fellow of the British Academy, an Honorary Fellow of St Catherine's College, Cambridge, and a Governor and Board member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. A prominent critic, award-winning biographer and broadcaster, he is the author of several books on Shakespeare, including The Genius of Shakespeare (Picador), which was praised by Sir Peter Hall, founder of the RSC, as "the best modern book on Shakespeare." In June 2006 he was awarded a CBE by HM The Queen 'for services to Higher Education'.

ERIC RASMUSSEN is Professor of English at the University of Nevada, USA, and the Textual Editor of The RSC Shakespeare: The Complete Works. He is co-editor of the Norton Anthology of English Renaissance Drama and has edited volumes in both the Arden Shakespeare and Oxford World's Classics series. He is the General Textual Editor of the Internet Shakespeare Editions project - one of the most visited Shakespeare websites in the world. For over nine years he has written the annual review of editions and textual studies for the Shakespeare Survey.

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