Beckett: Waiting for Godot - Plays in Production (Paperback)
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Beckett: Waiting for Godot - Plays in Production (Paperback)

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Paperback 268 Pages / Published: 15/11/2001
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Waiting for Godot is a byword in every major world language. No other twentieth-century play has achieved such global currency. His innovations have affected not only the writing of plays, but all aspects of their staging. In this book David Bradby explores the impact of the play and its influence on acting, directing, design, and the role of theatre in society. Bradby begins with an analysis of the play and its historical context. After discussing the first productions in France, Britain and America, he examines subsequent productions in Africa, Eastern Europe, Israel, America, China and Japan. The book assesses interpretations by actors such as Bert Lahr, David Warrilow, Georges Wilson, Barry McGovern and Ben Kingsley, and directors Roger Blin, Susan Sontag, Sir Peter Hall, Luc Bondy, Yukio Ninagawa and Beckett himself. It also contains an extensive production chronology, bibliography and illustrations from major productions.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521595100
Number of pages: 268
Weight: 350 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 15 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'... an excellent historical account of Waiting for Godot in performance, covering an impressive range of productions ... Beckett: Waiting for Godot is certainly an invaluable source of information for anyone interested in staging the play.' Theatre Research International
'... this is a first-rate guide to the multiple ways this text has been made to work.' English Studies
'David Bradby's contribution to Cambridge University Press's fine series Plays In Production is a superb volume on Waiting for Godot ... a most welcome addition ... It is elegantly written, well presented, and immensely helpful through the wealth of information, insights, and analysis it presents in a very handy format.' Becket Circle Newsletter
'David Bradby provides the first comprehensive survey of the key production of Samuel Beckett's most renowned dramatic work and a refreshing assessment of the genesis of the play within its cultural contexts ... the book sits usefully on the shelf of anyone with an interest not only in Beckett's theatrical achievement, but in issues of play authorship and the interfaces between actors, directors, designers and a playscript or its author. The writing would attract and interest the general reader as well as the scholar, student, actor, director or designer and the work as a whole represents a useful sourcebook and a fascinating and readable account of the history of this most celebrated of plays.' Studies in Theatre and Performance

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