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The Tempest (Shakespeare in Production)

3.8 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0521444071
ISBN-10: 0521444071
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"In her ample introduction, the editor ably chronicles salient differences among interpretive treatments of The Tempest on international stages. She draws on accounts of more than 100 productions from the 17th through the 20th centuries to delinate a broad range of performative representations...A valuable tool for readers of Shakespeare as well as sage practitioners and playgoers." Choice

Book Description

This edition of The Tempest is the first dedicated to its stage history. Dymkowski examines four centuries of mainstream, regional, and fringe productions in Britain, nineteenth- and twentieth-century American stagings, and recent Australian, Canadian, French, Italian, and Japanese productions. She analyses the cultural significance of changes in theatrical representation, eg. when and why Caliban began to be represented by a black actor, and Ariel became a man's role rather than a woman's. The commentary annotates each line of the play with details about acting, setting, textual alteration and contemporary reception.
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Product Details

  • Series: Shakespeare in Production
  • Hardcover: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (August 28, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521444071
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521444071
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,085,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Great edition of the only original play of William Shakespeare. The RSC has a great introductions, wonderful explanations of words at the bottom of each page, general summaries of each scene, and interesting essays on several productions. Highly recommended.
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For me, there's more to love in the themes of The Tempest than in the actual written work itself, which is why the RSC Modern Library edition of Shakespeare's last work was such a delight. The introduction and textual notes were informative and entertaining, and the concluding sections on the history of performances of The Tempest at the Royal Shakespeare Company, accompanied by interviews with various directors and actors involved, was nothing short of phenomenal. Five stars to the edition, if not the play itself.
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By Ariel on February 5, 2015
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Love this play! Love the cover too! It was in perfect condition. Would totally buy from seller again.
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J.Bate is a wonderful editor and writer
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Many consider "The Tempest" to be the final play that Shakespeare wrote solo, which gives a certain bittersweet flavor to its story -- especially since the main character is a sorcerer who manipulates others to get the ending he desires. Shakespeare juggled a trio of main stories before tying them off in rare style, but it's Prospero and his final speech that are truly intriguing.

For many years, the exiled Duke of Milan Prospero has lived on a remote island with his young daughter Miranda. But when he discovers that his treacherous brother Antonio and his similarly treacherous friends are nearby on a sailing ship, he summons a storm that causes the ship to crash on the island.

And like a puppet-master, Prospero arranges this as he wants -- he sends his servant Ariel to haunt the men who betrayed him, he thwarts the machinations of his evil servant Caliban, and he pretends to treat Alonso's son Ferdinand badly while secretly matchmaking him with Miranda. In the end, everything will be as he desired.

"The Tempest" is a play with two different dimensions. On one hand, we have a simple story about a mage whose power allows him to manipulate everything in his little domain. And on the other, we have the story of a brilliant storyteller who arranges his own little worlds as he sees fit, and bids farewell to his role ("Now my charms are all o'erthrown/And what strength I have's mine own...")

And appreciated on its own, "The Tempest" is a brilliant play -- Shakespeare juggled the three main plotlines nicely, and brought a solid sense of resolution to the story. His rich dialogue is stunning ("But doth suffer a sea-change/Into something rich and strange/Sea-nymphs hourly ring his knell..."), especially during Ariel's songs and Prospero's speeches.
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