Author(s): William Shakespeare
This is the first edition of "Richard III" to be developed by and for the RSC, the world's leading Shakespeare theatre company and it includes unique material to help the reader understand and enjoy Shakespeare on the stage as well as on the page. It is illustrated with photographs of classic and unusual performances. It presents outstanding on-page notes which explain words and phrases unfamiliar to a modern audience, including the slang, political references and bawdy humour often ignored or censored in competing editions.It includes scene-by-scene summary, offering an easily understandable way into the play. It includes completely new introduction by Jonathan Bate, exploring the text and critical debates around it. It provides summary of the play's performance history at the RSC and elsewhere. It also includes interviews with important Shakespearean actor Simon Russell Beale, designer Tom Piper and directors Bill Alexander and Richard Eyre, discussing key productions of the play at the RSC.With interviews with actors and directors including Simon Russell Beale, Bill Alexander and Richard Eyre, along with detailed looks at productions at the RSC and elsewhere, this new edition of the play offers innovative ways of looking at and understanding Shakespeare, as well as student-friendly notes and scene-by-scene summaries.
JONATHAN BATE is Professor of Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature, University of Warwick, UK, and the editor of The RSC Shakespeare: The Complete Works. He has held visiting posts at Harvard, Yale and UCLA and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a Fellow of the British Academy, an Honorary Fellow of St Catherine's College, Cambridge, and a Governor and Board member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. A prominent critic, award-winning biographer and broadcaster, he is the author of several books on Shakespeare, including The Genius of Shakespeare (Picador), which was praised by Sir Peter Hall, founder of the RSC, as "the best modern book on Shakespeare." In June 2006 he was awarded a CBE by HM The Queen 'for services to Higher Education'. ERIC RASMUSSEN is Professor of English at the University of Nevada, USA, and the Textual Editor of The RSC Shakespeare: The Complete Works. He is co-editor of the Norton Anthology of English Renaissance Drama and has edited volumes in both the Arden Shakespeare and Oxford World's Classics series. He is the General Textual Editor of the Internet Shakespeare Editions project - one of the most visited Shakespeare websites in the world. For over nine years he has written the annual review of editions and textual studies for the Shakespeare Survey.
Introduction to the Play; Introduction to the Text; Key Facts; The Tragedy of Richard the Third; Textual Notes; Quarto passages that do not appear in the Folio; Scene-by-scene Analysis; Richard III in Performance: the RSC and Beyond; Four Centuries of Richard III: An Overview; At the Royal Shakespeare Company; Actor, Director and Designer: interviews with Simon Russell Beale, Bill Alexander and Tom Piper; Richard and Tyranny: reflections by Richard Eyre; Shakespeare's Career in the Theatre; Shakespeare's Works: a Chronology; Further Reading and Viewing; Acknowledgements and Picture Credits.