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Introduction

Mark Thornton Burnett

Mark Thornton Burnett is Professor of Renaissance Studies at Queen’s University, Belfast, UK, and Director of the Kenneth Branagh Archive. His books include Shakespeare, Film, Fin de Siècle (Palgrave, 2000) and Screening Shakespeare in the Twenty-First Century (EUP, 2006). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Welles, Kozintsev, Kurosawa, Zeffirelli Volume Volume XVII

Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2013

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... in a spectrum of media forms and events. It is via such a plethora of projects and pursuits, Rippy concludes, that Welles has come to be seen as a directorial brand name.In Chapter Two, Mark Thornton Burnett discusses Japanese filmmaker Akira...

Akira Kurosawa

Mark Thornton Burnett

Mark Thornton Burnett is Professor of Renaissance Studies at Queen’s University, Belfast, UK, and Director of the Kenneth Branagh Archive. His books include Shakespeare, Film, Fin de Siècle (Palgrave, 2000) and Screening Shakespeare in the Twenty-First Century (EUP, 2006). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Welles, Kozintsev, Kurosawa, Zeffirelli Volume Volume XVII

Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2013

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... and despair. This chapter examines each of these films in turn, but also draws attention to the consistency of Kurosawa’s auteurial vision – the shared aesthetic and intellectual predilections that stamp all three films with the mark...

Do They Mean Me? A Survey of Fictional Theatre Critics

Mark Fisher

Mark Fisher is one of Scotland’s foremost commentators on the arts. With over 25 years’ experience, he is the Scottish theatre critic for The Guardian, a former editor of The List and a freelance contributor to Variety, The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday. He is the author of The Edinburgh Fringe Survival Guide (“A wonderfully practical but also inspirational book full of good advice” - Lyn Gardner, The Guardian) and the co-editor of Made in Scotland, an anthology of plays published by Methuen Drama. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Theatre Criticism : Changing Landscapes

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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... a caricature that works and, yes, it’s funny. It’s not only critics who can’t afford to be po-faced while watching Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s The Critic (1779). Despite the play’s title, few of the characters come out with any credit...

How To Write About Acting

Mark Fisher

Mark Fisher is one of Scotland’s foremost commentators on the arts. With over 25 years’ experience, he is the Scottish theatre critic for The Guardian, a former editor of The List and a freelance contributor to Variety, The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday. He is the author of The Edinburgh Fringe Survival Guide (“A wonderfully practical but also inspirational book full of good advice” - Lyn Gardner, The Guardian) and the co-editor of Made in Scotland, an anthology of plays published by Methuen Drama. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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How To Write About Theatre : A Manual for Critics, Students and Bloggers

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015

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... Harold Charles Gray (1931), Theatrical Criticism in London to 1795 , Columbia University Press. Writing about Edmund Kean playing Richard...

New Directions: The Deconstructing ’Tis Pity?: Derrida, Barthes and Ford

’Tis Pity She’s A Whore : A Critical Guide

Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2010

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... tradition, in which ‘no moment, no mark (grapheme) is too small for examination [… and …] conflicts between speaking and writing are insinuated […] legalistic […] casuistic’. Andrew...

How To Structure A Review

Mark Fisher

Mark Fisher is one of Scotland’s foremost commentators on the arts. With over 25 years’ experience, he is the Scottish theatre critic for The Guardian, a former editor of The List and a freelance contributor to Variety, The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday. He is the author of The Edinburgh Fringe Survival Guide (“A wonderfully practical but also inspirational book full of good advice” - Lyn Gardner, The Guardian) and the co-editor of Made in Scotland, an anthology of plays published by Methuen Drama. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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How To Write About Theatre : A Manual for Critics, Students and Bloggers

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015

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... of Richard II by the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford, Louis Wise began with the smallest of details in his Sunday Times review: First, the hair. Richard II may be a gem of a history play, a triumph of poetry, a very English tragedy,...

How To Write About The Audience

Mark Fisher

Mark Fisher is one of Scotland’s foremost commentators on the arts. With over 25 years’ experience, he is the Scottish theatre critic for The Guardian, a former editor of The List and a freelance contributor to Variety, The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday. He is the author of The Edinburgh Fringe Survival Guide (“A wonderfully practical but also inspirational book full of good advice” - Lyn Gardner, The Guardian) and the co-editor of Made in Scotland, an anthology of plays published by Methuen Drama. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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How To Write About Theatre : A Manual for Critics, Students and Bloggers

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015

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...Theatre as a social event In 1709, we find writer and publisher Sir Richard Steele in the first issue of the Tatler describing a performance of William Congreve’s comedy Love for Love. His first concern was not the play but who...

How To Write For Your Readers

Mark Fisher

Mark Fisher is one of Scotland’s foremost commentators on the arts. With over 25 years’ experience, he is the Scottish theatre critic for The Guardian, a former editor of The List and a freelance contributor to Variety, The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday. He is the author of The Edinburgh Fringe Survival Guide (“A wonderfully practical but also inspirational book full of good advice” - Lyn Gardner, The Guardian) and the co-editor of Made in Scotland, an anthology of plays published by Methuen Drama. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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How To Write About Theatre : A Manual for Critics, Students and Bloggers

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015

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... sense of what it was like to see Edmund Kean as Richard III, Henry Irving as Macbeth or Mrs Patrick Campbell as Juliet, we must turn to William Hazlitt, Clement Scott and George Bernard Shaw. James Agate called critics ‘monumental masons whose...

How To Find Your Voice

Mark Fisher

Mark Fisher is one of Scotland’s foremost commentators on the arts. With over 25 years’ experience, he is the Scottish theatre critic for The Guardian, a former editor of The List and a freelance contributor to Variety, The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday. He is the author of The Edinburgh Fringe Survival Guide (“A wonderfully practical but also inspirational book full of good advice” - Lyn Gardner, The Guardian) and the co-editor of Made in Scotland, an anthology of plays published by Methuen Drama. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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How To Write About Theatre : A Manual for Critics, Students and Bloggers

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015

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... to past and back again without causing confusion. Dorothy Parker began one paragraph in the present tense: ‘Richard Bennett gives a most remarkable performance . . .’ – and changed to the past for the next paragraph: ‘There was only one thing...

Introduction

Mark Fisher

Mark Fisher is one of Scotland’s foremost commentators on the arts. With over 25 years’ experience, he is the Scottish theatre critic for The Guardian, a former editor of The List and a freelance contributor to Variety, The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday. He is the author of The Edinburgh Fringe Survival Guide (“A wonderfully practical but also inspirational book full of good advice” - Lyn Gardner, The Guardian) and the co-editor of Made in Scotland, an anthology of plays published by Methuen Drama. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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How To Write About Theatre : A Manual for Critics, Students and Bloggers

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015

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... who considers drama in performance, it is fundamental. Richard Steele, one of the first journalistic theatre critics, understood this. He was also a playwright and in the 1733 preface to his play The Conscious Lovers, he praised the role...