Playing Shakespeare By John Barton
Led by the Royal Shakespeare Company’s John Barton, the series features nine master classes on Shakespearean performance with 21 of Britain’s finest actors, including Oscarr winners Judi Dench (Shakespeare in Love, Iris), Ben Kingsley (Gandhi, Schindler’s List), and Peggy Ashcroft (A Passage to India), Ian McKellen (The Lord of the Rings, Gods and Monsters), Patrick Stewart (X-Men), and David Suchet (Agatha Christie’s Poirot). The enlightening series aired on PBS in the mid-1980s and its companion book remains a popular acting guide to this day. Bonus features include a 20-page viewer’s guide and exclusive extras that take the educational experience beyond the screen.
The Royal Shakespeare Company founder John Barton holds a master class featuring…
Sit in on nine intensive acting workshops conducted by the legendary John Barton of the Royal Shakespeare Company. How does this world-renowned troupe make classic plays accessible to modern audiences, without compromising the text’s integrity? How do actors search Shakespeare’s verse for hidden clues to their characters’ motivations? How do they balance intellect and passion to make theatre’s most famous soliloquies seem fresh?
The answers come from Barton and 21 of Britain’s finest actors, including Oscar® winners Judi Dench (Shakespeare in Love, Iris), Ben Kingsley (Gandhi, Schindler’s List), and Peggy Ashcroft (A Passage to India), Ian McKellen (The Lord of the Rings, Gods and Monsters), Patrick Stewart (X-Men, Star Trek: The Next Generation), and David Suchet (Agatha Christie’s Poirot).
Also starring Sinéad Cusack, Susan Fleetwood, Sheila Hancock, Alan Howard, Donald Sinden, Michael Williams, and more.
- 20-page viewer’s guide includes key points, discussion questions, avenues for further learning, a history of the RSC, and “Vocabulary of Verse and Stage.”
- Actor biographies and RSC stage credits
- Exclusive web extras
Cofounder of the Royal Shakespeare Company, John Barton directed productions there for over 40 years. In 2001, he received the Sam Wanamaker Award from Shakespeare’s Globe for his pioneering contributions to Shakespearean performance.
View an Excerpt from the Guide Included with Playing Shakespeare
What is Hypnosis & NLP ?
Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) is a pseudoscientific approach to communication, personal development and psychotherapy, that first appeared in Richard Bandler and John Grinder’s 1975 book The Structure of Magic I. NLP claims that there is a connection between neurological processes (neuro-), language (linguistic) and acquired behavioral patterns (programming), and that these can be changed to achieve specific goals in life. According to Bandler and Grinder, NLP can treat problems such as phobias, depression, tic disorders, psychosomatic illnesses, near-sightedness, allergy, the common cold, and learning disorders, often in a single session. They also claim that NLP can “model” the skills of exceptional people, allowing anyone to acquire them.
NLP has been adopted by some hypnotherapists, as well as by companies that run seminars marketed as “leadership training” to businesses and government agencies.
There is no scientific evidence supporting the claims made by NLP advocates, and it has been called as a pseudoscience. Scientific reviews have shown that NLP is based on outdated metaphors of for the brain’s inner workings, that are inconsistent with current neurological theory and contain numerous factual errors. Reviews also found that research that favored NLP contained significant methodological flaws, and that there were three times as many studies of a much higher quality that failed to reproduce the “extraordinary claims” made by Bandler, Grinder, and other NLP practitioners.
Playing Shakespeare By John Barton
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