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Reading List

BST believes in smart and curious actors, those who love learning about the early modern theatre and researching critical and performative histories of the period’s rich plays. It’s through such investigations that artists grow. To that end, here is a list (by no means complete!) of recommended reading.


Barton, John. Playing Shakespeare.

Berry, Cicely. The Actor and the Text.

Crystal, David. Think on My Words.

Kaiser, Scott. Mastering Shakespeare.

Kaiser, Scott. Shakespeare’s Wordcraft.

Hall, Peter. Shakespeare’s Advice to the Players.

Linklater, Kristin. Freeing Shakespeare’s Voice.

Rodenburg, Patsy. Speaking Shakespeare.

Wright, George T. Shakespeare’s Metrical Art.

Historical and Theoretical

Callaghan, Dympna. A Feminist Companion to Shakespeare.

Orgel, Stephen. Impersonations.

Palfrey, Simon and Tiffany Stern. Shakespeare in Parts.

Shapiro, James. 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare.

Shapiro, James. Contested Will.

Taylor, Gary. Re-inventing Shakespeare.

Play Editions

Shakespeare in Production

The Arden 3rd Edition

The RSC Shakespeare

The Bedford Shakespeare