Dame Judi Dench and Jeffery Dench signing “Exits & Entrances” CD in Stratford
I talked earlier about modern English editions of Shakespeare’s plays, but for those who are interested in more scholarly editions, I highly recommend the Royal Shakespeare Company’s own series. The RSC series is edited by two Shakespeare scholars, Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen, and besides providing the full text of the play, there’s an introduction that discusses possible/probable sources for Shakespeare’s play; a scene-by-scene analysis; a discussion of performances of the play - both at the RSC and elsewhere; interviews with directors and actors who’ve starred in the particular play; and an outline of Shakespeare’s career in the theatre.
The RSC editions are available in both paperback and Kindle formats, and are not immensely expensive (under £10 usually). I find them very accessible and informative.
I have the complete works of the RSC editions. I love them :D
(Okay, don’t know why the Audioboo is giving an error, but here’s a direct link to the page:
I know I’ve posted this before, but I never tire of Judi Dench reciting Sonnet 116:
Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no; it is an ever-fixed mark,
That looks on tempests, and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.
Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle’s compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.