Rough Magic: Behind the Scenes of the Royal Shakespeare Company (Paperback)
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Rough Magic: Behind the Scenes of the Royal Shakespeare Company (Paperback)

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Paperback 300 Pages / Published: 30/09/2001
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Steven Adler examines the dynamic life and workings of the theatre company responsible for some of the world's most compelling performances and influential productions of the last 40 years, including ""Marat/Sade"", ""A Midsummer Night's Dream"", ""Les Miserables"", ""Les Liaisons Dangereuses"" and ""Nicholas Nickleby"". ""Rough Magic"" provides a thorough analysis of the many strands of theatrical activity on both sides of the footlights that coalesce in the artistic vigour of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Adler traces the company's evolution from its origins in 1879 as a week-long festival presented by Stratford-upon-Avon as a birthday homage to its native son, to its current incarnation as one of the world's most distinguished institutional theatres. He probes the aspirations and achievements of the RSC's four successive artistic directors: Peter Hall, Trevor Nunn, Terry Hands and Adrian Noble. He offers a comprehensive view of the design and aesthetics of the RSC's five theatres in Stratford and London, and explores the intricate process of crafting a repertoire at home and on tour that responds to the needs of the artists as well as the demands of the box office. Vivid illustrations, personal observation, research and dozens of interviews with current and former members of the Royal Shakespeare Company unite to produce ""Rough Magic"".

Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
ISBN: 9780809323777
Number of pages: 300
Weight: 485 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
" Steven Adler, greatly experienced in the American theatre as a Broadway stage manager, director, and teacher, . . . . affords us an objective American take on a very British institution. . . [He] paints a portrait of the RSC from many perspectives-- the artistic, the technical, the administrative, and the fiscal-- with the assured brushstrokes of an accomplished theatre professional and educator." -- Chris Parry, from the Foreword

"Steven Adler, greatly experienced in the American theatre as a Broadway stage manager, director, and teacher, . . . . affords us an objective American take on a very British institution. . . [He] paints a portrait of the RSC from many perspectives--the artistic, the technical, the administrative, and the fiscal--with the assured brushstrokes of an accomplished theatre professional and educator." --Chris Parry, from the Foreword


"Steven Adler's lucid and interesting account of the RSC draws upon interviews he has conducted, upon materials published by the RSC, and upon his highly informed and penetrating scrutiny of the operation... [A] valuable addition to our understanding of Great Britain's venerable institution."--"Theatre History Studies"


Steven Adler, greatly experienced in the American theatre as a Broadway stage manager, director, and teacher, . . . . affords us an objective American take on a very British institution. . . [He] paints a portrait of the RSC from many perspectivesthe artistic, the technical, the administrative, and the fiscalwith the assured brushstrokes of an accomplished theatre professional and educator. Chris Parry, from the Foreword"


Steven Adler s lucid and interesting account of the RSC draws upon interviews he has conducted, upon materials published by the RSC, and upon his highly informed and penetrating scrutiny of the operation [A] valuable addition to our understanding of Great Britain s venerable institution. "Theatre History Studies""

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