Author(s): William Shakespeare
This is the first edition of "The Winter's Tale" 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 contains 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. The book includes scene-by-scene summary, offering an easily understandable way into the play; contains a completely new introduction by Jonathan Bate, exploring the text and critical debates around it; a summary of the play's performance history at the RSC and elsewhere; and interviews with important Shakespearean directors Dominic Cooke, Adrian Noble and Barbara Gaines discussing key productions at the RSC.This fresh new edition of one of Shakespeare's last plays, developed with the RSC, presents an easy-to-read overview of the play's performance history, including interviews with directors Dominic Cooke, Adrian Noble and Barbara Gaines, and provides concise scene-by scene analyses and textual notes offering innovative new insights into the text.
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; About the Text; Key Facts; The Winter's Tale; Textual Notes; Scene-by-scene Analysis; The Winter's Tale in Performance: The RSC and Beyond; Four Centuries of The Winter's Tale: An Overview; At the RSC; The Director's Cut: Interviews with Dominic Cooke, Adrian Noble and Barbara Gaines; Shakespeare's Career in the Theatre; Shakespeare's Works: A Chronology; Further Reading and Viewing; Acknowledgements and Picture Credits.