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Shakespeare : the man who pays the rent / Judi Dench with Brendan O'Hea ; illustrations by Judi Dench.

Dench, Judi, 1934- (author,, illustrator.). O'Hea, Brendan (Actor), (author.).


"Taking a curtain call with a live snake in her wig ... Cavorting naked through the Warwickshire countryside painted green ... Acting opposite a child with a pumpkin on his head ... These are just a few of the things Dame Judi Dench has done in the name of Shakespeare. For the very first time, Judi opens up about every Shakespearean role she has played throughout her seven-decade career, from Lady Macbeth and Titania to Ophelia and Cleopatra. In a series of intimate conversations with actor & director Brendan O'Hea, she guides us through Shakespeare's plays with incisive clarity, revealing the secrets of her rehearsal process and inviting us to share in her triumphs, disasters, and backstage shenanigans. Interspersed with vignettes on audiences, critics, company spirit and rehearsal room etiquette, she serves up priceless revelations on everything from the craft of speaking in verse to her personal interpretations of some of Shakespeare's most famous scenes, all brightened by her mischievous sense of humour, striking level of honesty and a peppering of hilarious anecdotes, many of which have remained under lock and key until now. Instructive and witty, provocative and inspiring, this is ultimately Judi's love letter to Shakespeare, or rather, The Man Who Pays The Rent"-- Provided by publisher

Item details

  • ISBN: 9781250325778
  • ISBN: 1250325773
  • Physical Description: ix, 373 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First U.S. edition.
  • Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2024.

Contents / Notes

General Note:
Originally published in the United Kingdom by Penguin Random House.
Formatted Contents Note:
Macbeth -- Stratford-upon-Avon -- A midsummer night's dream -- Play -- Twelfth night -- The merchant of Venice -- Company -- Hamlet -- Coriolanus -- Fireside ramblings -- As you like it -- Measure for measure -- Rose Theatre -- Much ado about nothing -- King Lear -- Failure -- The comedy of errors -- Rehearsal -- Richard II -- Antony and Cleopatra -- Cymbeline -- Critics -- All's well that ends well -- Shakespeare's language -- Henry V -- The merry wives of Windsor -- Audience -- Richard III -- Changing times -- The winter's tale -- Future of Shakespeare -- Romeo and Juliet -- Advice.
Subject: Dench, Judi, 1934- > Performances.
Dench, Judi, 1934- > Interviews.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 > Dramatic production.
Shakespearean actors and actresses > Great Britain > Biography.
Shakespeare, William 1564-1616 > Dramatic production.
Genre: Informational works.
Illustrated works.
autobiographies (literary works)
Informational works.
Illustrated works.
Documents d'information.
Ouvrages illustrés.

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