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Orson Welles on Shakespeare: The W.P.A. and Mercury Theatre Playscripts

Orson Welles on Shakespeare: The W.P.A. and Mercury Theatre Playscripts (Trade Paperback / Paperback, annotated edition)

Edited by France, Richard
Foreword by Callow, Simon

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Contains the fully annotated playscripts of Welles' celebrated Shakespeare adaptations of Macbeth, Julius Caesar, and Five Kings for the WPA Federal Theatre Project and his own Mercury Theatre.

ISBN 9780415937269
Barcode 9780415937269
Published 26 September 2001 by Taylor & Francis Ltd
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, annotated edition
Indent title (sourced internationally), usually ships 4-6 weeks post release/order

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ISBN-13 9780415937269
ISBN-10 0415937264
Stock Available
Status Indent title (sourced internationally), usually ships 4-6 weeks post release/order
Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
Imprint Routledge
Publication Date 26 September 2001
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, annotated edition
Edition annotated edition
Author(s) Edited by France, Richard
Foreword by Callow, Simon
Category Shakespeare plays, texts
Film & Television Screenplays
Number of Pages 336
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 229mm
Spine: 18mm
Weight 454g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
Library of Congress Theater, New York (State), New York, History, 20th century
NBS Text Drama Texts, Plays & Screenplays
ONIX Text College/higher education
Dewey Code 792.09747109043
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

Orson Welles' theatrical productions of Shakespeare for the W.P.A.'s Federal Theatre Project and Welles' own Mercury Theatre represent unique blending of high art and the politicized popular culture of the 1930s. This volume is the only publication available of the fully annotated playscripts of these adaptions, including the 'Voodoo' Macbeth , the modern-dress Julius Caesar , and Welles compilation of history plays, Five Kings . Richard France's general introduction provides invaluable background information that relates the three plays and their productions to the social, historical, political and economic climate from which they emerged. He further introduces each script with all of the relevant information on the production, interview material from those on the scene, and Welles' own directorial marginalia.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Richard France has given us access to genius in making Orson Welles' Shakespeare texts available. Bravo!. <br>-Stuart Vaughan, Former Artistic Director of the New York Shakespeare Festival <br> Richard France brilliantly illuminates the work of Orson Welles, providing the reader with a wealth of riches in his inspiring collection. Anyone who loves theatre and film, and who is fascinated by this great American genius, will love this book. France has give un easy access to the Welles' versions of his famous voodoo Macbeth, as well as his fascist Julius Caesar, and finally, of Five Kings, a reworking of Shakespeare's history plays. Wonderfully insightful, presented with eloquence and style, reading this book is like sitting down to a delicious meal. Thank you, Richard France, for this extraordinary piece of theatre history-it is to be cherished. <br>-Stacy Keach <br> A singularly important contribution to the growing body of material which holds that we should pay more attention to Shakespeare texts as performed and less to historical issues of textual authenticity. France's own experience as a playwright enables him to treat issues involving Welles and theatre with keener insight than most academic writing on the subject. <br>-Robert L. Carringer, University of Illinois at Urbana <br> The reputation of Orson Welles, tarnished by his own excesses, has been glowingly restored by Richard France's brilliant editing of the W.P.A. Mercury Theatre Playscripts. France skillfully reminds us why Welles dominates the history of the 20th Century as one of our greatest stage and film directors. <br>-Gene Feist, Founding Director of the Roundabout Theatre Company <br>... a mandatory volume forfans of either Welles or Shakespeare, which should encompass just about every culturally literate person alive.. <br>- Scott Eyman, West Palm Beach Post January 20, 2002 <br>

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Author's Bio

Richard France is a playwright, teacher, actor, and authority on Orson Welles. He is the author of The Theatre of Orson Welles, which was the recipient of the Choice Outstanding Book Award in 1978. He is also the winner of the 1982 Silver PEN award. Currently, France teaches at the City University of New York.

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