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An annotated script used by a stage manager or theater prompter.


(Theatre) the production script of a play containing notes, cues, etc



a copy of the script of a play, containing cues and notes, used by the prompter, stage manager, etc.
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Noun1.promptbook - the copy of the playscript used by the prompter
playscript, script, book - a written version of a play or other dramatic composition; used in preparing for a performance
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See, for example, the promptbook printed in [John] Bell's Edition of Shakespeare's Plays, they are now performed at the Theatres Royal in London; Regulated from the Prompt Books of Each House, 3 vols.
While combing through our promptbooks for candidates to include in the exhibition," explains Eric Colleary, the Ransom Center's curator of theatre and performing arts and a curator of the exhibition, "I learned we had John Wilkes Booth's promptbook for Richard III, with extensive notes about the production written in his own hand.
Typescript promptbook with handwritten annotations, 1908 or 1909.
Not many standardized taxonomy vocabularies will include Promptbook or Rehearsal Report as these are specialized terms pertaining only to scenarios found in the theatre world.
16) Almost a third of Rowley's lines are struck or blocked out in the promptbook with the word "No" written in the margin, and in addition to a number of individual word changes about fifty of Poel's own lines are added to the text.
This edition has been made possible through the existence of a four-volume annotated Promptbook in the J.
The original SPs throughout this scene, which denote actors' (or intended actors') names, betray the marks of the play's composition, and perhaps that the copy-text that served as the basis for Q was a promptbook used in the theatre (and hence puzzled over by a compositor).
Barber's choice of words is particularly intriguing, given that Barton's manuductive Helen--her beauty a mere figment of Faustus's imagination--was clearly a masturbatory fantasy on the part of the doomed scholar, especially given promptbook directions that call for Lucifer and Beelzebub to watch as Mephistophilis tucks Faustus and his puppet Helen in bed before eventually removing the figure and leaving Faustus in bed alone (Doctor Faustus Promptbook).
He then explains that Taylor 'turned the consensus upside down, arguing that F derives from the promptbook, and Q from foul papers' (p.
Although they use their hypothetical history of the texts to support their emendatory rules, they do not posit, as is lately common, "any particular lost text, be it holograph, promptbook or performance" behind their copy-text when they emend it, only the recognition that "somewhere behind each text lies an authorial manuscript" (510).
However, my recent examination of the promptbook from
Richard Schoch uncovers what the Victorian promptbook fails to preserve; Simon Palfrey and Tiffany Stern elucidate the implications of "sides" to early modern acting; Lanier calls up the spirit of the Master that haunts Audio Shakespeare; Ric Knowles demonstrates how the conditions of reception color the record of performance; Susan Bennett takes into account the tourist economies that motor Shakespeare festivals; James Bulman reveals the present-day reverberations of 'period' (all male) casting; Michael Cordner shows the poor accountability of Shakespeare editions to mise-en-scene; and in two separate but complementary essays, Yong Li Lan and Joanne Tompkins unfold the purposefulness and performativity of "non-understanding" to Shakespeare in intercultural performance (Lan, 533).