(c.1967) · New York
by Sterne, Richard L.
New York: Random House. Near Fine in Near Fine dj. (c.1967). Book Club Edition. Hardcover. [very nice copy, with just a touch of wear to book at spine ends; extremely light bits of wear to the jacket at a couple of corners]. (B&W photographs) "In this fascinating journal of rehearsals, [the author] provides theatre lovers, Shakespearean savants, seriuos students of drama, and the casual reader with a permanent record of Shakespearean interpretation by two of the most famous actors of our time -- John Gielgud and Richard Burton. As well as the journal of rehearsals, this volume includes the prompt-script of Shakespeare's Hamlet, with the stage directions, cuts, and emphases Gielgud advised the cast to place on their speeches. Mr. Sterne also interviewed both Richard Burton and Sir John Gielgud about the play and recorded their own personal and professional interpretations of Hamlet's character and Shakespeare's intention." (The production under examination was presented on Broadway in 1964, a famously stripped-down and dressed-down staging that was designed to look like a final run-through.) . (Inventory #: 23980)