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Sh@kespeare in the Media

From the Globe Theatre to the World Wide Web

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Edited By Stefani Brusberg-Kiermeier and Jörg Helbig

This collection of critical essays and interviews gives an overview of the various kinds of medial manifestations which Shakespeare’s work has been transferred into over the centuries: into a theatrical performance, a printed text, a painting, an opera, an audio book, a film, a radio or television drama, a website. On the whole this overview also provides a history of the general development of Shakespearean media. Practitioners as well as scholars focus on the strengths and weaknesses, the possibilities and limitations of each medium with regard to the representation of Shakespeare’s work.

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"You can't ignore the fact that you're choosing to speak in a five-beat line": An interview with Samuel West -43

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"You can't ignore the fact that you're choosing to speak in a five- beat line" An Interview with Samuel West Question: In Germany you're known mainly as an actor in heritage films like Howards End or Jane Eyre. In Notting Hill you parody your image as a heritage actor. Did this parody signalise that you wanted to get away from this image? Samuel West: I think so, yes. I think in films I've only worn a tie once. Usually in a film I wear a frock coat, as it's set before 1930. I don't know why, I seem to have a face that isn't made for contemporary films. I think Howards End and The Remains of the Day were both terrific films, and I was very lucky to be in Howards End. Even though I played a working class man in that film it's assumed that because you're in a Merchant-Ivory film that you only play damaged upper class people. And I'm still playing damaged upper class people at the theatre: the Prince of Denmark and the King of England. So even though I was brought up in South London and I'm more of a Cockney than quite a lot of the people who're in all of those Cockney gangster movies I never get screened for them. And Notting Hill was a sort of in- joke. It was a good joke, I thought, and I like the film. But the trouble with film is that people tend to cast you...

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