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‘Give Me Excess of It’

Bridget Escolme

Bridget Escolme is Senior Lecturer in Drama at Queen Mary College, University of London, and a leading figure in the study of early modern drama in performance. She researches and teaches historical theatre and its contemporary production, particularly early modern drama and the ways in which original and current staging practices produce space and subjectivity. She has published with CUP and Routledge in the past. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Emotional Excess on the Shakespearean Stage: Passion’s Slaves

Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2014

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...When Menas suggests that every man wants his wife holy, cold and still of conversation, Enobarbus demurs, figuring Antony, and by implication Cleopatra, as worldly, hot and shifting in comparison to Caesar’s obedient and self-sacrificing...
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...King Henry's health is failing as a second rebellion against his reign threatens to surface. Intent on securing his legacy, he is uncertain that his son Hal is a worthy heir, believing him more concerned with earthly pleasures than...
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...Henry IV is dead and Hal is King. With England in a state of unrest, he must leave his rebellious youth behind, striving to gain the respect of his nobility and people. Laying claim to parts of France and following an insult from the French...
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...With his crown under threat from enemies both foreign and domestic, Henry IV prepares for war. Having deposed the previous king, he is only too aware how tenuous his position is, and the price to be paid if he falters. As his father...
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...Richard is King. A monarch ordained by God to lead his people. A man whose vanity threatens to divide the great houses of England and drag his people into a dynastic civil war that will last 100 years. RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran...
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...Waiting to be punished for his part in Becket's murder, King Henry II re-lives his deeply felt relationship with the saint, once his dearest friend and partner in unbridled decadence. His catastrophic mistake? To appoint Becket Archbishop -...
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...Dazzlingly eloquent and ceremonious, Richard II invests a weak and self-dramatising man with tragic status and represents Shakespeare’s most searching exploration of the meaning of kingship and the rising powers that can destroy it....
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...James Goldman’s brilliant historical drama pits King Henry II of England against the strong-willed Eleanor of Aquitaine. Back stabbing, spying, double crossing, and rampant infidelity – a typical family Christmas. Typical, that is,...

Arrivals and Departures

Andrew Tidmarsh

Andrew Tidmarsh is theatre and film director, writer and teacher. He has taught this practical approach to genre to writers, directors and actors at RADA, Goldsmiths, and Drama Centre at undergraduate and postgraduate level. He has directed in UK, Germany, Canada and Philippines, and is the director of an annual new writing festival at the Soho Theatre in London. He regularly teaches in Canada and Dubai. His book An Attitude for Acting will be published by Nick Hern books in 2011. Andrew Tidmarsh is a theatre director, film-maker and teacher. He has taught at leading drama schools and currently runs the Foundation course at RADA. He has directed work at Soho Theatre, Wimbledon Studio, Shakespeare's Globe and Jermyn Street Theatre. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Genre : A Guide to Writing for Stage and Screen

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2014

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...Discussing these two distinct genres in the same chapter might seem to be an odd decision, but they represent two different sides of the same coin. Both involve a departure from home and then a return of sorts. With the Pastoral...
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...In 1978, the BBC set itself the task of filming all of William Shakespeare's plays for television. The resulting productions, renowned for their loyalty to the text, utilised the best theatrical and television directors and brought highly...