Molly Mahood has written a wholly original survey of the small supporting roles which abound in Shakespeare's plays. The practice of doubling enabled Elizabethan dramatists to surround their principal characters with a host of lesser Lords, Soldiers, Messengers and Servants. Professor Mahood explores the different purposes served by such minimal characters, from clearing the stage to epitomising the overall effect of a comedy or tragedy. Each of the subsequent chapters is devoted to the entire corpus of minimal roles in a single play, ranging from the early Richard III to The Tempest.
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'This is a wittily written, elegantly thought out, wonderfully original work that abounds in new ideas. It will be rewarding to all readers and actors of Shakespeare, first for its multitude of details about bit parts, and secondly for the rich possibilities for performance that the author uncovers.' Andrew Gurr
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Book Description Cambridge University Press, 1993. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110521416124