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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good primer, and more!, December 11, 2012
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This review is from: Playing Shakespeare Season 1 (Amazon Instant Video)
If you know something about Shakespeare, or if you know a lot about Shakespeare, then this is for you. I work as a text director or dramaturg now and again for high school, or college theatres, doing Shakespeare, and these videos are invaluable. I almost always show the video about working the scansion, and then often a few others, depending on the play. All of the videos are awesome. Although, the one on "Irony" can be a little esoteric.

But, come on. How often do you get to watch a master class with Ian McKellan, Patrick Stewart, Ben Kingsley, John Barton, and numerous other AWESOME actors? You'll often find yourself acknowledging why so many of these actors have had such great careers. It's because if you can play Shakespeare, you can play anything, and they ALL do it amazingly well.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource and entertaining, too, June 30, 2012
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jjm3fp "John" (Pennsylvania, USA) - See all my reviews
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I was doing Shakespeare for the first time - Romeo and Juliet - and wanted more exposure to how to understand and interpret the bard's works. This was great. Some of the best Shakespearian actors and director giving detailed descriptions of how to interpret the dialogue and develop the characters. Even if you are not going to be acting Shakespeare, just watching these people work is impressive.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent series!, January 13, 2014
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Pre-Gandalf Ian McKellan; pre-Star Trek Patrick Stewart;pre-Oscar Judi Dench, and many more wonderful Royal Shakespeare Company Actors--some, alas, no longer with us, like Dame Peggy Ashcroft. This series was televised on PBS many years ago and is worth watching not just for the personalities, but for de-mystifying Shakespearean acting and theater. It is a real treat to watch performers working their way through SHakespeare's text under the guidance of the brilliant John Barton.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What can you say. You are listening to RSC being tutored in how to deliver Shakespeare-lost art in US, January 19, 2014
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RSC tutorial what can you say with Judi Densch,Ian Mckellan, Kingsley,Suchet what can I say. The creme de la creme
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential, December 30, 2013
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HalB (Beverly Hills, FL USA) - See all my reviews
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Intelligent, informative, and thoroughly interesting. I have watched all and parts of it repwatedly, and continue to learn and be entertained. Essential for the true Shakespeare fan.
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