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Most popular Theatre direction & production books

The most popular Theatre direction & production books currently available. Updated weekly.
Foucault'S Theatres
This book opens up innovative ways of reading philosophy 'theatrically', contributing to a new articulation of theatre and its relation to critical thought. -- .
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.
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
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.
Disobedient Theatre: Alternative Ways to Inspire, Animate and Play
Stagecraft Fundamentals: A Guide and Reference for Theatrical Production
Waves: from the Novel by Virginia Woolf
Combines the text used from Woolf's novel with the corresponding images creating a work of art.
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.
All Quiet on the West End Front
Go behind the scenes of the National Theatre's production of War Horse.
Book of Sides II: Original, Two-Page Scenes for Actors and Directors
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.
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?
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.
Directing in Musical Theatre: An Essential Guide
How to Read a Play: Script Analysis for Directors
Stage Manager: The Professional Experience-Refreshed
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.
Foucault'S Theatres
This book opens up innovative ways of reading philosophy 'theatrically', contributing to a new articulation of theatre and its relation to critical thought. -- .
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.
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.
Cracking Shakespeare: A Hands-on Guide for Actors and Directors + Video
Directing with the Michael Chekhov Technique: A Workbook with Video for Directors, Teachers and Actors
Devising Theatre with Stan's Cafe
Performing Shakespeare Unrehearsed: A Practical Guide to Acting and Producing Spontaneous Shakespeare
Directions for Directing: Theatre and Method
Beginner's Guide to Devising Theatre
Live To Your Local Cinema: The Remarkable Rise of Livecasting
The digital broadcasting of performances to cinemas, or 'livecasting', burst onto the world scene in 2006. This book explores the reasons for its rise, examines the aesthetics of filming theatre and opera performances, and explores who the audiences are and what they want.
Brecht in Practice: Theatre, Theory and Performance
Art of Active Dramaturgy: Transforming Critical Thought into Dramatic Action
Life as a Playwright: A Survival Guide
Director's Guide to Stanislavsky's Active Analysis: Including the Formative Essay on Active Analysis by Maria Knebel
Includes the first English translation of Maria Knebel's foundational article about active analysis, originally published: Moscow: Iskusstvo, 1959, under the title: O dejstvennom analize p'esy i roli.
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.
Theatre Management: Arts Leadership for the 21st Century
Street Theatre and the Production of Postindustrial Space: Working Memories
Working memories explores how street theatre transforms industrial space into postindustrial space. -- .
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
New Playwriting at Shakespeare's Globe
Moment on the Clock of the World: A Foundry Theatre Production
Inspired by the twenty-five-year history of New York's Foundry Theatre, A Moment on the Clock of the World is an anthology of inquiry arising both within and between art and social justice practices.
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.
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.
Panto For Beginners: Just When You Thought It Was Safe To Go Back To The Theatre - Pantomimes and Plays for Schools, Classrooms and Theatres
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.
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.
Truth in Play: Drama Strategies for Building Meaningful Performances
Directing Shakespeare in America: Current Practices
Staging Scenes from the Operas of Donizetti and Verdi: A Guide for Directors and Performers
Veteran opera director William Ferrara walks the reader through the staging of twenty-five scenes from two of opera's most beloved composers. He brings to life Donizetti's delightful comedies and guides us through the dark world of Lucia di Lammmermoor. He discusses the hard moral choices in Verdi's tragedies and invigorates the grisly melodramas.