Shakespeare Staging is really about performing. It would be helpful If one decided to stage a play. He could use the information and the videos on the site as a source for costume design, acting method, and etc.
Very comprehensive when it comes to Shakespeare performances. The dates, stage company, as well as the place are all there. The gallery was also really nice, allowing you to compare how people staged Shakespeare at different time periods.
If a student is researching about Shakespeare’s work then this website won’t be much help. It is more about staging and producing his plays. The site would be most helpful if one is thinking about putting on a Shakespearean play.
Emphasizing on the perforing arts once again, theres a certain seriousness to this site. Which is fitting considering, the information that it provides is dedicated to being a useful tool for people looking for info regarding performances.
The site gives a lot of specifics about Shakespeare’s work and this would help someone if he/she decides to stage a Shakespearean play. The videos could also give people a certain framework or mindset as to how these plays are to be produced/dramatized.
I found Shakespeare Staging a helpful site for researchers or anyone interested in theater history with its organized archiving of performances and bibliography that covers details relevant to Shakespearean performances “during Shakespeare’s time” to the present. I honestly have yet to find a site as extensive, and the way the site is structured makes the information easy to navigate around. This is all really good for people who are there to research, but I think the over-all presentation is really boring and not very encouraging for students who are there to just explore or whatnot.
What I found most interesting in this site aside from the material presented is the video section which in a way works like YouTube, letting you post videos via links and share videos on other websites. The downside is that discussions are not open and hence exchange of ideas, opinions and the like which can help viewers understand and appreciate said videos more. Shakespeare here I suppose is presented in a very formal, documented – almost historical – way that further emphasizes his iconic, classical status as a playwright.
– Meggie Ong
The site’s a treasure trove for anyone wishing to check out the evolution of Shakespeare theater performances throughout the years, but it doesn’t really give any insight about the works or Shakespeare himself so I guess it’s targeted more towards theater afficionados than “Shakespeareans”. The galleries that are on here still interesting and worth taking a look at though, theater buff or not. It’s also nice how they have a page dedicated to user reviews and uploads. My only gripe is the sparse, very Web 2.0-esque layout; I would hope that anything about the dramatic world of theater would present itself in a more vibrant manner.
One has still to come across a site more knowledgeable about staging plays by Shakespeare than Shakespeare Staging. This is a precious gem for those who are interested in theater arts and Shakespeare alike. I know how tedious researching could be sometimes even when it comes to the topics that a person is passionate about – but for those who are in the field of theater arts or Shakespeare class, this is certainly a find with its ample list of reading materials concerning the staging of Shakespeare’s plays.
One thing’s for sure: these people know their shakespeare. I was really impressed by the huge list they gave in the performance bibliographies section, and all with proper citation too. Student that I am, I can’t imagine doing that kind of thing for a living. I also appreciate that they have an extensive user input section, which kind of brings the whole thing down to earth and makes it more welcoming.
The website gives a clear information of the evolution of the theater from the Globe theater till today. With the use of the stage, this website shows us how Shakespeare’s works are brought to life. The stage is the core of all his works.
-Josefa “Joey” Atayde
I enjoyed the performance in an inn yard scene where they acted the drunk scene appropriately. Although they had nice old looking shakespearian costumes, the background scene made it even funnier for it looked somehow modern. This gives us the message that up to now, Shakespeare’s performances of art are still part of the major interests of students and audiences today.
I have to agree with Julius! That inn yard scene was funny and interesting. The contents of this site are mostly articles about staging. Although they offer us knowledgeable information, they also have the tendency to be boring. But clips like the inn yard scene can make the experience of visiting this site fun. Overall, this site is great because it gives us information while giving us entertainment as well.
The amount of information is quite overwhelming. It would really take much time to go through all the pictures and videos of performances. Thus my tendency is to be selective. I wonder how they manage such amount of information. This is a very good source of Shakespeare, though, however dull it might appear.
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