Hardcover was published in 1985. twelve distinguished actors were asked to write about the preparation and performance of a Shakespeare role they had played in a production with the royal shakespeare company.
This is believed to be the first book of its kind. Twelve distinguished actors were asked to write about the preparation and performance of a Shakespeare role they had played in a production with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
List of illustrations; Foreword; Acknowledgements; List of productions; 1. Introduction: abstracts and brief chronicles Philip Brockbank; 2. Shylock in The Merchant of Venice Patrick Stewart; 3. Portia in The Merchant of Venice Sinead Cusack; 4. Malvolio in Twelfth Night Donald Sinden; 5. Orlando in As You Like It John Bowe; 6. Lavatch in All's Well That Ends Well Geoffrey Hutchings; 7. Nurse in Romeo and Juliet Brenda Bruce; 8. Polonius in Hamlet Tony Church; 9. Hamlet Michael Penington; 10. Timon of Athens Richard Pasco; 11. Postumus in Cymbeline Roger Rees; 12. Hermione in The Winter's Tale Gemma Jones; 13. Caliban in The Tempest David Suchet.