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Shakespearean Characterization

A Guide for Actors and Students


Shakespeare's plays were written some four hundred years ago, and while his characters are enduring, they are also alien. In grappling with the text of his plays, the modern actor must bring Shakespeare's Renaissance characters to life for a modern audience. This reference is a convenient and practical guide for actors faced with the task of playing Shakespeare's characters. Throughout, the emphasis is on how to translate Shakespeare's words into action on the stage.