With John Barton, featuring Sir Peter Hall, Focusing on language as the way into Shakespeare's world.

Directors and founders of the Royal Shakespeare Company, John Barton and Sir Peter Hall, hold an acting class using some of Shakespeare's works. The all-star cast are put through their paces in a number of workshops, which comprise: 'Creating a World With Words', 'The Clues Are in the Text', 'Play the Story', 'Changing Gears: Prose to Verse', 'The Questions Reveal the Character', 'Handling Emotion', 'Setting Word Against Word' and 'Connecting With the Audience'.

In these master classes John Barton calls on his actors to listen to the language of the plays and to hear the messages that Shakespeare sends them through his use of antithesis and the switch from prose to verse. Kevin Kline, Dustin Hoffman, Cynthia Nixon, Charles S. Dutton, Peter O'Toole, Ian McKellan, Judi Dench and Harriet Walter have all studied under Barton, earning this acclaimed director the legendary soubriquet the Shakespeare swami. The Shakespeare Sessions cover Creating a World with Words; The Clues are in the Text; Play the Story; Shakespeare's Advice to the Actor; Changing Gears: Prose to Verse; The Questions Reveal the Character; Handling Emotion; Set the Word against the Word; Connecting with the Audience.

Certificate E (Exempt)
Running Time 60 mins
Region 2
Main Language English
Subtitles No
Release Date 13/09/2010

Number of Discs 1

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