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Shakespeare Sessions, The

Synopsis
US television documentary. John Barton and Peter Hall, co-founders of the Royal Shakespeare Company, give masterclasses in speaking and acting Shakespeare. The actors are those appearing in the 1989 Broadway production of The Merchant of Venice. The topics covered are: Creating a World with Words, The Clues are in the Text, Play the Story, Shakespeare’s Advice to the Players, Changing Gears, Prose to Verse, The Questions Reveal the Character, Handling Emotion, Set the Word against the Word, Connecting with the Audience. There are also scenes of Peter Hall rehearsing with Dustin Hoffman for the London production of The Merchant of Venice.
Language
English
Country
United States
Medium
Television
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
2006
Transmission details
13 Feb 2003 (Channel: PBS)
Duration
60 mins

Credits

Director
Oren Jacoby
Producer
Oren Jacoby
Cinematographer
Michael Chin; Slawomir Grunberg; Tom Hurwitz
Music
Brian Keane
Contributor
John Barton; Peter Hall
Cast
Charles S. Dutton 
Cynthia Nixon 
David Hyde Pierce 
Dustin Hoffman 
Janet Suzman 
Kevin Kline 
Liev Schreiber 
Mia Tagano 
Patrick Stewart 

Additional Details

Production type
Documentary/Educational/News
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
acting techniques; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Verse speaking; Rehearsals; Masterclasses

Notes

General
Filmed at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts .

Production Company

Name

Storyville Films

Archive

Name

Theatre on Film and Tape (TOFT)

Email
toft@nypl.org
Web
http://www.nypl.org/locations/lpa/theatre-film-and-tape-archive External site opens in new window
Phone
+ 1 (212) 870-1642
Fax
(212) 8701868
Address
Billy Rose Theatre Collection
40 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York,New York
10023-7498
USA

Distributor (Sale)

Name

Royal Shakespeare Company, Mail Order

Web
https://www.rsc.org.uk/buyonline/shopping/index.asp?category=65&sessionid=958647199122126557164598758&deptnum=2 External site opens in new window
Phone
01789 748114
Fax
01789 748115
Address
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
Warwickshire
CV37 6B

Online Retailer

Name

Working Arts Library

Email
shakespeare@aol.com
Web
http://ww.workingartsvideo.com External site opens in new window
Phone
+1 212 575 9265
Address
19 W. 21st Street
Suite 201
New York City 10010
USA

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