The Globe Guide to Shakespeare (3rd edn)
Formerly the Rough Guide, Andrew Dickson's The Globe Guide to Shakespeare is the ultimate companion to Shakespeare's life and work, republished in an updated third edition for the 400th anniversary of the playwright's death in 2016 by Profile Books (UK) and Pegasus Books (US).
- Coverage of all 39 plays, the Sonnets and the major narrative poems, including a synopsis, full character list, stage history and a critical essay for each.
- Reviews of the best films and audio recordings on DVD and download, from Laurence Olivier to Baz Luhrmann, Kozintsev to Kurosawa.
- In-depth feature essays on topics such as the authorship controversy, cross-dressing and Shakespearian forgeries.
- Vivid accounts of Shakespeare's life and theatre, as well as biographical sketches of key collaborators and rivals.
Praise for the Globe Guide
"An amazing achievement – the book I turn to before seeing any new production."
Michael Billington, Guardian theatre critic
"Well-honed, stylish and thoroughly enjoyable."
Professor Stanley Wells, Chairman of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
"Handy, companionable and trustworthy ... a must-own volume that Bard veterans and apprentices alike will punish – and reward – with daily use."
Boyd Tonkin, Independent
"You couldn't wish for a more user-friendly, reliable guidebook ... I doff my Bardic cap to this fine achievement."
Anthony Holden, Daily Mail
"A reference work and more, which could hardly be bettered, strongly recommended to all students and playgoers."
Professor Jonathan Bate, co-editor of the RSC Shakespeare