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Troilus and Cressida, 1990
Director: Sam Mendes
Prompt books are used to ensure the smooth running of a stage production. They are generally kept by the Stage Manager. A prompt book includes a full copy of the script on which notes about the staging of the play are made.
Troilus and Cressida is often thought of as one of Shakespeare's most complicated plays. It has been labelled a 'problem' play. That is a play that cannot be classed as a comedy, tragedy or history.
The intimate space in the Swan Theatre brought audiences closer to the action. Critics praised Mendes' clear and absorbing production. Mendes went on to direct Hollywood films such as American Beauty (1999) and Revolutionary Road (2008).
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