Secrets of acting Shakespeare : the original approach.

By: Tucker, Patrick, 1941-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Abingdon : Routledge, 2017Edition: Second edition.Description: 383 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9781138678521.Subject(s): Performing Arts | Theater | Acting | Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616-Dramatic production | Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616DDC classification: 792.028TUC
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

<p>Secrets of Acting Shakespeareisn't a book that gently instructs. It is a passionate, yes-you-can guide designed to prove that anybody can act Shakespeare.</p> <p>Patrick Tucker's classic manual encourages trained and amateur actors alike to look to the original practices of the Elizabethan theatre for inspiration. He explores the 'cue scripts' used by actors, who knew only their own lines, to demonstrate the extraordinary way that these plays work by ear.</p> <p>This updated second edition includes:</p> A section dedicated to the modes of address 'thee' and 'you' A brand new chapter on Original Practices and cue scripts An expanded genealogical chart, showing the interrelations of 92 different characters from the history plays A new discussion of Elizabethan acting spaces - balconies, gates, ramparts and even backstage areas <p>Secrets of Acting Shakespeareis a must-read for actors intrigued by the 'Original Approach' to acting Shakespeare, or for anyone curious about how the Elizabethan theater worked.</p>

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • List of figures (p. vi)
  • Preface to the second edition (p. vii)
  • Text (p. viii)
  • Acknowledgements (p. ix)
  • Introduction: the question (p. 1)
  • 1 The 30 secrets (p. 4)
  • 2 The research (p. 22)
  • 3 The evidence (p. 37)
  • 4 The experiment (p. 54)
  • 5 The performances (p. 60)
  • 6 The First Folio (p. 148)
  • 7 Original Practices (p. 173)
  • 8 Understanding through acting (p. 194)
  • 9 The secrets explained and expanded (p. 201)
  • 10 The plays and the clues (p. 279)
  • Epilogue (p. 340)
  • Appendices (p. 341)
  • Bibliography (p. 367)
  • Index of Shakespeare's plays and characters (p. 371)
  • General index (p. 380)

Reviews provided by Syndetics


Any theater person or academic interested in understanding Shakespeare should read Tucker's remarkable book. Elizabethan production schedules led him to conclude that Shakespeare's actors had virtually no time to rehearse and acted from scripts that had their character's lines and cues only. Tucker re-created this procedure with his Original Shakespeare Company, which for ten years has performed at London's Globe Theatre and in Canada, Australia, and elsewhere. His actors study the text of their part with him and work out necessary physical business with other cast members. There is no script analysis, direction, or staging in the usual sense. The actors, working from Folio texts that Tucker argues are closest to the original, discover the characters and relationships as they perform. An onstage "book holder" sorts out any problems, a backstage "book keeper" helps with entrances, and a plot posted backstage helps actors keep track of the action. As in Elizabethan times, this production style has no special stage lighting so actors are not separated from audiences. Even those not convinced by Tucker's arguments will find them worth serious consideration. Including appendixes as well as other apparatus, this volume is highly recommended at all levels. R. Sugarman emeritus, Southern Vermont College