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Most popular Theatre direction & production books

The most popular Theatre direction & production books currently available. Updated weekly.
Get Me the Urgent Biscuits: An Assistant's Adventures in Theatreland
The dazzling coming-of-age memoir of a young woman's apprenticeship to a maverick West End theatre producer.
Making Site-Specific Theatre and Performance: A Handbook
This practical, accessible and far-reaching guide to making site-specific theatre and performance emphasises the diversity of approaches to the practice, and explores key principles of space and site.
Stage Blood: Five tempestuous years in the early life of the National Theatre
In 1971, Michael Blakemore joined the National Theatre as Associate Director under Laurence Olivier.
Balancing Acts: Behind the Scenes at the National Theatre
The Sunday Times BestsellerThis is the inside story of twelve years at the helm of Britain's greatest theatre. of opening the doors of the National Theatre to a broader audience than ever before, and changing the public's perception of what theatre is for.
Directing Professionally: A Practical Guide to Developing a Successful Career in Today's Theatre
Toothbrush and other plays: A collection of 30 five-minute plays created and performed by Palestinian children
Disobedient Theatre: Alternative Ways to Inspire, Animate and Play
Directing in Musical Theatre: An Essential Guide
All Quiet on the West End Front
Go behind the scenes of the National Theatre's production of War Horse.
Directing - a Handbook for Emerging Theatre Directors
This vital handbook for directors just starting out offers an overview of historic and current practice as well as key theories, professional advice, interviews with practitioners and a series of exercises to develop the director's own approach and practical skills.
Book of Sides II: Original, Two-Page Scenes for Actors and Directors
Turn-taking in Shakespeare
Focusing on when Shakespeare's characters speak, rather than what they say, this book investigates what it means for them to speak in or out of turn, to interrupt or overlap, or to fail to speak at all, and how it informs debates about editing, rhetoric, prosody, and early modern performance practices.
Theatre Practice of Tadashi Suzuki: A Critical Study with DVD Examples
For over 40 years Tadashi Suzuki has been a force in both Japanese and Western theatre, creating and directing many internationally acclaimed productions. This book explores Suzuki's theatre practice and the development of his training system, the Suzuki Method. Video examples of Suzuki actor training are contained on the accompanying DVD.
Shakespeare and Directing in Practice
When directors approach Shakespeare, is the play always the thing - or might something else sometimes be the thing? How can directing produce fresh contexts for Shakespeare's work?
How to Read a Play: Script Analysis for Directors
Stage Manager: The Professional Experience-Refreshed
Theatre-Making: Interplay Between Text and Performance in the 21st Century
Theatre-Making explores modes of authorship in contemporary theatre seeking to transcend the heritage of binaries from the Twentieth century such as text-based vs. devised theatre, East vs. West, theatre vs. performance - with reference to genealogies though which these categories have been constructed in the English-speaking world.
Dramaturgy in the Making: A User's Guide for Theatre Practitioners
A thorough study of contemporary dramaturgical practices which draws on many examples from the work of leading theatre practitioners from the UK, Europe and North America. It maps the various ways in which a dramaturg may work in the theatre-making process and provides a theoretical framework to aid the reader in their own practice.
Art of Active Dramaturgy: Transforming Critical Thought into Dramatic Action
Performing Grand-Guignol: Playing the Theatre of Horror
From the authors of the successful Grand-Guignol and London's Grand Guignol - also published by UEP - this book includes translations of a further eleven plays, adding significantly to the repertoire of Grand-Guignol plays available in the English language.
Life as a Playwright: A Survival Guide
Cracking Shakespeare: A Hands-on Guide for Actors and Directors + Video
Theatre Management: Arts Leadership for the 21st Century
Directing with the Michael Chekhov Technique: A Workbook with Video for Directors, Teachers and Actors
Devising Theatre with Stan's Cafe
Cambridge Companion to the Musical
The third edition of this acclaimed Companion provides an accessible, broadly based survey of musicals in London, New York, and other venues from the nineteenth century to the present. Existing chapters have been updated, and two new chapters added, providing a wealth of information for students and enthusiasts alike.
Stagecraft Fundamentals: A Guide and Reference for Theatrical Production
Before the Curtain Opens: Alexander Technique in the Actor's Life
'Before the Curtain Opens' distils a lifetime's lived experience of the Alexander Technique into an engaging and vivid introduction to what becomes a holistic philosophy of performance.
Directions for Directing: Theatre and Method
Contemporary Women Stage Directors: Conversations on Craft
Consists of interviews with 27 female professional theatre directors in the United Kingdom and United States.
Russian Theatre in Practice: The Director's Guide
New Playwriting at Shakespeare's Globe
And Then, You Act: Making Art in an Unpredictable World
Written by an award-winning theatre director, this book talks about directing theatre, acting and the collaborative creative process. Following on from author's successful book "A Director Prepares", it is intended for practitioners and students.
Panto For Beginners: Just When You Thought It Was Safe To Go Back To The Theatre - Pantomimes and Plays for Schools, Classrooms and Theatres
Edward II: With Related Texts: With Related Texts
Dance of Reality: A Psychomagical Autobiography
A glimpse into the mind and life of one of the most creative and enigmatic visionaries of our time, filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky
Truth in Play: Drama Strategies for Building Meaningful Performances
Sound and Music for the Theatre: The Art & Technique of Design
Drama Games for Young Children
From the bestselling Drama Games series, this dip-in, flick-through, quick-fire resource book - packed with over 200 individual games - is perfect for teachers, playgroup leaders and drama facilitators who want to inspire and entertain children, aged 3 and up, with vibrant and engaging drama experiences.
Making the Magic Happen: The Art and Craft of Film Directing
Performing Shakespeare Unrehearsed: A Practical Guide to Acting and Producing Spontaneous Shakespeare
Ensemble-Made Chicago: A Guide to Devised Theater
Brings together the work of a wide range of Chicago theatre companies to share strategies for cocreating theatrical performance as an ensemble. Each chapter offers a short history of a Chicago company, followed by detailed exercises that have been developed and used by that company to build ensemble and generate performances.
New Corpus Christi: Plays for Churches
A New Corpus Christi presents 25 short plays and skits with one or two scripts for each of 21 events in the church year-festival days such as Christmas and Easter and less frequently observed occasions such as the Baptism of the Lord and Christ the King Sunday.
Contemporary Scenography: Practices and Aesthetics in German Theatre, Arts and Design
Experimental Theatre: From Stanislavsky to Peter Brook
James Roose-Evans, one of Britain's most innovative directors, traces the origins of the avant-garde in the theatre through such key figures as Stanislavsky, Brecht and Grotowski.
Stage Management: The Essential Handbook
Intended for students, graduates and various aspirants to stage management, amateur or professional, whether the production is on a large or small scale, this title offers the basics of stage management. Featuring charts and helpful checklists, it takes the reader through a typical production week by week.
So You Want To Be A Theatre Producer
Drawing on the author's own experiences as a producer of theatre productions at different levels, this title takes the producers through the various stages of the process: the development of an idea, raising the money and budgeting, negotiating rights, hiring a director and production team, marketing the show, rehearsals and on to opening night.
Audience Participation in Theatre: Aesthetics of the Invitation
This book asks that we consider the practices that facilitate audience participation on equal terms with other elements of the theatre maker's art; it offers a theoretical basis for this new approach, illustrated by examples from diverse participatory performances.
How to Put on a Community Play
How to Produce a West End Show
An insider account of producing a show on the West End that demystifies the working world of live theatre and maps an entry route into the industry.