Astington, Actors, & Acting

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The 2011 Lunchtime Lecture series at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust got underway last Wednesday, 16 February, with a talk by John Astington about his new book Actors and Acting in Shakespeare’s Time.

Giving a general overview of his book, with a brief summary of each chapter, his lecture style was in keeping with that of his writing, aiming to present the facts in an informative, accessible way for the interested reader. And, by inviting questions during his talk, as well as in the traditional Q&A session at the end, the lecture took on the feel of a personal tutorial or seminar, engaging an audience that ranged from the general theatregoer to PhD students.

In the video below, Professor Astington tells us a little more about his book:

Signed copies of Actors and Acting in Shakespeare’s Time, published by Cambridge University Press, are available from The Shakespeare Bookshop at the special price of £13.99 (£15.99 rrp).


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  • This book looks good, thanks for the information.

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