"This excellent series with its supporting CDs is a vibrant additionto the study of Shakespeareon stage" Dominic Dromgoole, ArtisticDirector Shakespeare's Globe
The Sourcebooks Shakespeare
brings Shakespeare's plays to life in a revolutionary new book and CD format. For the first time, text, audio and illustration come together to create a remarkable new way of experiencing Shakespeare's timeless works.
This edition of Richard III contains:
Audio: Excerpts of important scenes and passages from multiple productions , allowing the reader to compare and contrast different interpretations of the play; Narration by Sir Derek Jacobi.
Text: Full text of the play; A complete glossary; Production notes;Line-referenced audio indexing for each passage featured on the CD.
Illustration: Photographs of great performances throughout history; Costume designs; Set renderings.
Also included are interviews and essays from notable Shakespeare scholars and performers.
'First there are accessible and interesting essays about how the plays have been performed and interpreted over the years. Then there is the text, with helpful notes on the facing pages. Finally - and most innovatively - there is a CD at the back, which provides many and various extracts from the play. Useful to anyone studying or teaching Shakespeare at secondary school or college level.'
The Stage, (12 April 2007)
'This intriguing series focuses on Shakespeare in performance... The books themselves are packed with information - photographs of key performances, essays on productions, and interviews with actors and directors. Opposite each play text an extensive glossary explains unfamiliar words, and the audio clips are marked alongside corresponding scenes... The CDs reinforce the beauty and power of the language in performance, and will undoubtedly enhance anyone's understanding and enjoyment of Shakespeare's plays, as they were meant to be experienced.'
The Good Book Guide, (May 2007)
'This new Shakespeare book and CD brings Shakespeare's plays leaping to life. This innovative format contains text, audio and illustration... This is a revolutionary resource.'
Bookseller, Back to School (8 June 2007)
[Review of Richard III] 'A complete package for anyone wanting to study the play itself, and the performance dimension... It is complemented by an excellent CD which includes narrative by Derek Jacobi set alongside contrasting performances from major productions of the play with some of the greatest stage interpretations of the Bard's work.'
Publishing News, Back to School (1 June 2007)