Preface. I. INTRODUCTION TO SHAKESPEARE AND HIS INTERPRETERS. Color Plates: Shakespeare and His Times. Prologue: Discovering Shakespeare, The World's Playwright. 1. Shakespeare's Life. The Early Years. The "Lost" Years. London. Return to Stratford. 2. Shakespeare: Practical Man of the Theater. Shakespeare: Actor, Poet and Playwright. Shakespeare and Elizabethan Thought. Shakespeare's Theaters. The Globe (and Before). The Blackfriars. Public v. Private Playhouses. Shakespeare's Actors. The Lord Chamberlain's Men. The King's Men. 3. Shakespeare: The Writer. When and Why Playwriting? Narrative poems. The Sonnets. The Printed Sequence. in Romeo and Juliet. Reading and Speaking the Lines. Varieties of Verse and Prose. Rhetoric and Vocabulary. Shakespeare and Modern English. 4. Shakespeare and His Interpreters. The Spectrum of Interpretive Possibilities. Elizabethan and Jacobean Interpretations: The Actors. Restoration Interpetations: Shakespeare "made fit". Eighteenth Century: Neoclassical Rules and Taste. Nineteenth Century: Character Criticism and Spectacle. Early Twentieth Century: Restoring the Texts; Simplifying the Stage. Psychological Criticism and the Emerging Director. Mid-Twentieth Century: New Criticism, Historicism, Mythological Criticism . Post-World War II: Marxism, Existential Concepts: Orson Welles, Bertolt Brecht, Jan Kott and Peter Brook. Contemporary Issues: Postmodernism, Deconstruction, Feminism . Setting, Updating or Recontextualizing the Plays. Modern Dress. Michael Almeyerda's Hamlet (2000). 'Other' Periods. Kenneth Branagh's Love's Labour's Lost (2001). &ldBevington, David is the author of 'Shakespeare Script, Stage, Screen', published 2005 under ISBN 9780321198136 and ISBN 0321198131.