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The Quality of Mercy - Reflections on Shakespeare

The Quality of Mercy

Reflections on Shakespeare

By Peter Brook
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback : 9781848424104, 128 pages, September 2014
Hardcover : 9781848422612, 128 pages, August 2013


In this sequence of essays—all but one published here for the first time—Peter Brook debates such questions as who was the man who wrote Shakespeare's plays, why Shakespeare is never out of date, and how actors should approach Shakespeare's verse. He also revisits some of the plays which he has directed with notable brilliance, such as King Lear, Titus Andronicus and, of course, A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Taken as a whole, this short but immensely wise book offers an illuminating and provocative insight into a great director's relationship with our greatest playwright.


"An invaluable gift from the greatest Shakespeare director of our time. .. Brook's genius, modesty, and brilliance shine through on every page. " —James Shapiro, author of 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare