n Shakespeare in Southern Africa - A theatrical reading of a theatrical life
Shakespeare on Theatre, Nick de Somogyi : book review

Volume 26, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1011-582X



A recent visit to the Market Theatre in Johannesburg to watch one of South Africa's illustrious sons of the performing arts, Mbongeni Ngema, in reminded me of the technology that has invaded theatre - from the online sale of tickets, to digital stage lighting and sound systems, to the post-performance sale of DVDs. The world of theatre has indeed been swallowed by technology. This was not the case for Shakespeare. As Nick de Somogyi reminds us in , throughout his career Shakespeare had to grapple with, and depend for "scenery, atmosphere and lighting" solely on, "the power of the spoken word" (p.1).

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