Shakespeare, Our Contemporary
Jan Kott

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Narrated By: Stefan Rudnicki

Duration: 11 hours and 1 minute

What to expect

Shakespeare, Our Contemporary is a provocative, original study of the major plays of Shakespeare. More than that, it is one of the few critical works to have strongly influenced theatrical productions.

Peter Brook and Charles Marowitz are among the many directors who have acknowledged their debt to Jan Kott, finding in his analogies between Shakespearean situations and those in modern life and drama the seeds of vital new stage conceptions. Shakespeare, Our Contemporary has been translated into nineteen languages since it appeared in 1961, and readers all over the world have similarly found their responses to Shakespeare broadened and enriched.


Literary studies: plays and playwrights, Theatre studies, History of Performing Arts, Literary studies: plays and playwrights

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“The best, the most alive, radical book about Shakespeare in at least a generation.”