The must have Shakespeare resource: Shakespeare’s Words
Shakespeare’s Words by Ben and David Crystal is an incredible book. It is a glossary and language companion that gives accurate definitions of Shakespeare’s words. Often with a conventional dictionary a single word has a multitude of definitions. It can sometimes be hard to discern the correct or appropriate definition for a particular context and since language has changed so much since Shakespeare’s time, sometimes words have changed entirely in meaning. Shakespeare’s Words offers accurate definitions and even references where the particular word has been used (from what play and what line). This means you can find a precise definition and be confident that you understand it’s meaning. This is essential for speaking Shakespeare.
Understanding what you say is fundamental in any acting genre. However, in my opinion it is the most important factor in speaking Shakespeare; yet it is often missed. Actors can hide behind the beauty of Shakespeare’s words and get away with speaking a whole speech without understanding the sense of the piece whatsoever. You have to understand every word and reference or else how is an audience going to?
Shakespeare’s words also includes Play Synopses, Dramatis Personae, Character Names and much more. This book is a staple item for any Shakespearean actor. Click the link below to purchase now. Book depository is by far the best on-line book store. It is low cost and has quick delivery. I cannot recommend it highly enough.