shakespearean acting style

Theatre historians have argued both that the acting style in Shakespeare's day was realistic and that it was formal. Brockett lists arguments for both opinions:an actor

Conditions that suggest a formal style:

Conditions that suggest a realistic style:

Brockett adds that "judging by contemporary accounts, many actors moved audiences with the power and "truth" of their playing, but this tells little about acceptable conventions, for what is considered "truth in acting" varies markedly from one period to another." (Brockett 1991: 167)

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