• Title: Will & Me: How Shakespeare Took Over My Life
  • Author: Dominic Dromgoole
  • Released: 2007-05-01
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 293
  • ISBN: 1933648465
  • ISBN13: 978-1933648460
  • ASIN: 1933648465
From Publishers Weekly What are the life lessons we can glean from Shakespeare's characters? According to Dromgoole, the artistic director of London's Globe Theatre, Shakespeare is better than religion for interpreting the world. Unfortunately, Dromgoole, in spite of his background, isn't able to pull off the conceit. The first half of the book follows his childhood, then chronicles life in a touring company. En route, Dromgoole extracts monologues from Shakespeare's plays to underscore his point; in essence: forget the Bible, just read the bard of Avon. When not extolling the educative virtue of Shakespeare's characters, Dromgoole pays court to distinguished performers, such as Peter O'Toole and Judi Dench. He reserves special attention for Michael Bryant, who plays the smaller Shakespearean roles, proving there are no small roles in Shakespeare's plays. A purist, Dromgoole rails against directors' concepts that stand between the play and the audience. And while his affection and high regard for Shakespeare is obvious, he's too chatty for the academic reader and too self-involved for the general public. Chapter heads are both enigmatic and narcissistic. While an actor will garner insights into how to interpret legendary characters, the book has too much Dromgoole and not enough Will. (Sept.)
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From Dromgoole is in love with an older man: William Shakespeare. He fell for the Bard early and hard when his father reeled off long sections of Shakespeare to pacify him and his siblings while they were still, as he puts it, in the cot. Today he is, after stints with the Oxford Stage Company, the Old Vic, and the Bush Theatre, artistic director of the refurbished Globe Theatre, once Shakespeare's house. In these compulsively readable autobiographical pieces, he discusses his many and varied encounters with Shakespeare's work, starting in school productions in which he never played the roles he wanted to play and ending with an account of a seven-day walk he and three others made from the Stratford-upon-Avon church in which Shakespeare was christened to the Globe, in London. Each essay is a highly polished, newspaper-column-sized gem packed with insights about Shakespeare's plays and the challenges of performing them, perfect for lunchtime and bedside reading. Helbig, Jack

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