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Barton, John 1928-

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Most widely held works by John Barton
The hollow crown : the follies, foibles and faces of the kings and queens of England by John Barton( Book )

31 editions published between 1960 and 2005 in English and held by 1,191 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Playing Shakespeare by John Barton( Book )

32 editions published between 1984 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,047 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Together with Royal Shakespeare Company actors including Patrick Stewart, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, Ben Kingsley, and David Suchet, director John Barton demonstrates how to adapt Elizabethan theater for the modern stage. Barton begins by explicating Shakespeare's verse and prose, speeches and soliloquies, and naturalistic and heightened language to discover the essence of his characters. In the second section, Barton and the actors explore nuance in Shakespearean theater, from evoking irony and ambiguity and striking the delicate balance of passion and profound intellectual thought, to finding new approaches to playing Shakespeare's most controversial creation, Shylock, from The Merchant of Venice
Playing Shakespeare by John Barton( Visual )

29 editions published between 1980 and 2010 in English and held by 819 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Barton guides members of the Royal Shakespeare Company in nine intensive acting workshops, demonstrating how the Company makes Shakespeare's classic plays accessible to modern audiences without compromising the text's integrity
Playing Shakespeare : an actor's guide by John Barton( Book )

6 editions published between 2001 and 2010 in English and held by 692 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Together with Royal Shakespeare Company actors including Patrick Stewart, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, Ben Kingsley, and David Suchet, director John Barton demonstrates how to adapt Elizabethan theater for the modern stage. Barton begins by explicating Shakespeare's verse and prose, speeches and soliloquies, and naturalistic and heightened language to discover the essence of his characters. In the second section, Barton and the actors explore nuance in Shakespearean theater, from evoking irony and ambiguity and striking the delicate balance of passion and profound intellectual thought, to finding new approaches to playing Shakespeare's most controversial creation, Shylock, from The Merchant of Venice
Exploring a character by John Barton( Visual )

24 editions published between 1982 and 2012 in English and held by 425 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Under John Barton's direction, two members of the Royal Shakespeare Company explore Shakespeare's character Shylock to demonstrate how shakespeare develops a character and the multiplicity of ways in which his characters can be understood. Given the same text from The merchant of Venice and the same direction, the different readings of the part demonstrate the infinite variety of Shakespeare's work
Rehearsing the text( Visual )

21 editions published between 1982 and 2012 in English and held by 413 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Concentrating on a scene from the Twelfth night, John Barton guides members of the Royal Shakespeare Company in a discussion and reading of the lines in search of Shakespeare's clues to character, language, and staging. The program analyzes text and subtext, how the verse itself is a clue to the meaning, the effect of monosyllabic lines, short lines, missing beats and pauses, and Shakespeare's verse rhythm
Language and character by John Barton( Visual )

20 editions published between 1982 and 2005 in English and held by 407 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presenter/director John Barton guides members of the Royal Shakespeare Company in a discussion and dramatization of Shakespeare's use of language to define character, and his characters' use of heightened language to achieve their intentions. Explores the Elizabethan relish of words and the use of Elizabethan English in the development of Shakespeare's characters
Using the verse by John Barton( Visual )

20 editions published between 1982 and 2005 in English and held by 399 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presenter/director John Barton guides members of the Royal Shakespeare Company in a discussion and dramatization of Shakespeare's use of blank verse. In the course of trying out different stresses, the actors discover how Shakespeare uses antithesis, short lines, end-stopped lines, and pauses in the middle of a line, and why Shakespeare's lines sometimes mis-scan. Also includes examples from the Miracle plays and other writings to demonstrate the alternatives to iambic pentameter
Set speeches and soliloquies( Visual )

20 editions published between 1982 and 2005 in English and held by 370 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presenter/director John Barton guides members of the Royal Shakespeare Company in a discussion and dramatization of Shakespeare's use of dialogue and soliloquy for story and audience purposes. Barton explains the differences between the two, what they contain, and how they arise
Irony and ambiguity( Visual )

22 editions published between 1982 and 2012 in English and held by 365 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presenter/director John Barton guides members of the Royal Shakespeare Company in a discussion and dramatization of Shakespeare's use of irony and ambiguity. Barton analyzes some of Shakespeare's texts with the actors, and demonstrates how understanding the intended irony in a phrase or speech totally changes the perception of the character speaking
The two traditions by John Barton( Visual )

22 editions published between 1982 and 2005 in English and held by 362 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presenter/director John Barton guides members of the Royal Shakespeare Company in a discussion and dramatization of Shakespeare's use of language, meter, and verse. Barton and the actors address and analyze the question of how to understand Shakespeare's texts, citing examples of his plays, and, by contrast, the writings of other British authors of the period
Passion and coolness by John Barton( Visual )

20 editions published between 1982 and 2012 in English and held by 342 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presenter/director John Barton guides members of the Royal Shakespeare Company in a discussion and dramatization of Shakespeare's use of passion and coolness. Barton and the actors demonstrate deliberate and striking inconsistencies in Shakespeare's characters; the characteristic Shakespearean mixture of deep feeling; choric elements; and the balancing of heightened language and naturalistic performance
Preparing to perform Shakespeare( Visual )

16 editions published between 1979 and 2005 in English and held by 323 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Barton leads members of the Royal Shakespeare Company in a discussion of Shakespeare's use of poetry and "hidden" poetry in seemingly unpoetic lines. Barton and the actors demonstrate how polysyllables can trip easily off the tongue, while monosyllabic lines and words may be packed with thoughts and feelings. They also explore Shakespeare's use of the words "time" and "death," along with contrast and sudden changes that occur. Various styles of playing Shakespeare since the early twentieth century are discussed. John Barton finishes the series by performing both parts of a dialogue between Ulysses and Hector from Troilus and Cressida
The Greeks : ten Greek plays given as a trilogy by John Barton( Book )

5 editions published between 1981 and 1983 in English and held by 316 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tantalus : an ancient myth for a new millenium by John Barton( Book )

9 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in English and Dutch and held by 307 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

DRAMA TEXTS, PLAYS. Who is to Blame? What is the Truth? Could it be Otherwise? When theatre began, two and a half millennia ago in ancient Greece, it drew from a well of even older myths, the Great Epic Cycle. These myths were Europe's first image of the tragedy and comedy of the human enterprise. Stories and characters from the beginning of our imagination inspired John Barton to write the great cycle of human life Tantalus, an epic theatre myth for the new millennium. Helen of Troy - was she really the cause of this ten-year war? Agamemnon's anguish - did he have to kill his daughter to start the war? Clytemnestra - was her murderous revenge justified? A wooden horse - how can it destroy a great city? Heroes humbled, children hurt, mothers and fathers bereaved, entire nations shaken and rebuilt: all pass through this kaleidoscope of human fate
Speaking Shakespearean verse by John Barton( Visual )

7 editions published between 1979 and 2012 in English and held by 281 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Members of the Royal Shakespeare Company present a workshop before a television studio audience in which they interpret the rhythms and pronunication of Shakespeare's English
An adaptation of the Rover (The banished cavaliers) by Aphra Behn( Book )

4 editions published between 1986 and 1987 in English and held by 267 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Shakespeare sessions( Visual )

10 editions published between 2002 and 2013 in English and held by 221 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Royal Shakespeare Company directors John Barton and Sir Peter Hall travel to America to conduct workshops with the all-star cast of the Broadway production of The merchant of Venice. Subjects covered include: creating a world with words, the clues are in the text, playing the story, Shakespeare's advice to the actor, changing gears from prose to verse, the questions reveal the character, handling emotion, setting the word against the word, and connecting with the audience. Also includes the actors' talking about their experiences working with John Barton
Poetry and hidden poetry( Visual )

19 editions published between 1982 and 2012 in English and held by 205 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presenter/director John Barton leads members of the Royal Shakespeare Company in a discussion of Shakespeare's use of poetry and hidden poetry in seemingly unpoetic lines. Barton and the actors demonstrate how polysyllables trip easily off the tongue, while monosyllabic lines and words are packed with thoughts and feelings. They also explore Shakespeare's use of the words "time" and "death," along with contrast and sudden changes that occur
The rover by Aphra Behn( Book )

2 editions published between 1987 and 1999 in English and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Rover Aphra Behn A rollicking Restoration comedy-the most performed and most studied by the increasingly admired first ever woman playwright, Aphra Behn."--Jacket
 
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Alternative Names
Barton, J.

Barton, J. 1928-

Barton, J. (John), 1928-

John Barton British director

バートン, ジョン

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Playing ShakespearePlaying ShakespearePlaying Shakespeare : an actor's guideTantalus : an ancient myth for a new milleniumThe Shakespeare sessions