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Hollywood Dogs: Photographs from the John Kobal Foundation
Hollywood Dogs showcases a fine selection of photographs from the famous John Kobal Foundation. Taken between 1920 and 1960 during the Golden Age of Hollywood.
Entertaining the Troops: 1939-1945
Performing Hamlet: Actors in the Modern Age
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.
Stanislavski: An Introduction
The Stanislavski "system" is still the only comprehensive method of actor training we posses. This text traces the growth of the "system" from its roots in the tradition of Russian realism, and charts the various phases it went through until the final emergence of the Method of Physical Action.
Julie Hesmondhalgh: A Working Diary
Simon Cadell: The Authorised Biography
`Simon Cadell: The Authorised Biography' tells for the first time the story of the beloved Hi-de-hi! star. From troubled childhood, through theatre school at the Bristol Old Vic and onto a 20-year award-winning stage career, Cadell was cut down in his prime at forty-five as he had seemed set to become one of the greatest actors of his generation.
Reframing the Musical: Race, Culture and Identity
This critical and inclusive edited collection offers an overview of the musical in relation to issues of race, culture and identity. Bringing together contributions from Cultural, American and Theatre Studies for the first time, the chapters offer fresh perspectives on musical theatre history, calling for a radical and inclusive new approach.
Orson Welles, Volume 3: One-Man Band
An epic survey of Orson Welles' life and work. It shows what it was like to be around Welles, and, what it was like to be him, in which lies the answer to the old riddle: whatever happened to Orson Welles?
Do You Know Who I Am?: A Memoir
Routledge Companion to Michael Chekhov
Start To Finish: Woody Allen and the Art of Moviemaking
On Streisand: An Opinionated Guide
Christopher Lee Film Encyclopedia
The Christopher Lee Encyclopedia encompasses all of the films in the distinguished actor's prolific career, from his early roles in of the 1940s to his work in some of the most successful film franchises of all time. This reference volume highlights Lee's iconic roles in horror cinema as well as his non-horror films over the years.
Shakespeare in the Theatre: The National Theatre, 1963-1975: Olivier and Hall
Orson Welles, Volume 1: The Road to Xanadu
A brilliant biography of the young Orson Welles, from his prodigious childhood and youth, his triumphs with the Mercury Theatre, to the making of Citizen Kane. Vivid, vastly entertaining, this is the definitive Welles biography.
Judi: Behind the Scenes: With an Introduction by John Miller
An illustrated memoir of one of Britain's greatest and best-loved actors.
Brecht On Theatre
"First published by Methuen Drama in 1964 in an edition translated and with notes by John Willett. Copyright John Willett, 1964. The translation and selection of material in this edition first published in Great Britain by Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015."
Antonin Artaud: Drawings and Portraits
Philosophical and biographical accounts of Antonin Artaud's late visual work, all reproduced in color.
Stanislavski and the Actor: The Final Acting Lessons, 1935-38
Between 1935 and 1938, Stanislavski did his final work in Moscow with a group of 11 young actors and directors trained in his special "system". This volume contains a full translation of verbatim transcriptions of Stanislavski's notes and practical exercises from these sessions.
Franco Zeffirelli: Complete Works: Theatre * Opera * Film
A work on the extraordinary life and work of Franco Zeffirelli that features photographs which trace the arc of Zeffirellis career, from the spectacular opera productions of Don Giovanni and La Boheme, to such award-winning films as "Jesus of Nazareth" and "Tea with Mussolini".
Great Shakespeare Actors: Burbage to Branagh
Great Shakespeare Actors provides a series of well-informed, well-written, illuminating, and entertaining accounts of many of the most famous stage performers of Shakespeare in both England and America, offering a concise, actor-centred history of Shakespeare on the stage.
Need for Words: Voice and the Text
Rainbow Comes and Goes
Brecht on Performance: Messingkauf and Modelbooks
"Texts by Brecht originally published in Bertolt Brecht, Werke, Grosse kommentierte Berliner und Frenkfurter Ausgabe (vols. 22 and 25) Copyright Surkamp Verlag, Frankfurt am Main, 1988-2000."
Ritual Theatre of Theodoros Terzopoulos
Robert Lepage
"An account of Robert Lepage's biography, seminal productions, key writings and practical exercises"--
Passions of Peter Sellars: Staging the Music
Recognised as one of the most innovative and influential directors of our time, Peter Sellars has produced acclaimed - and often controversial - versions of many beloved operas and oratorios. He has also collaborated with several composers to create challenging new operas. This volume explores the development of his style.
Edwin Forrest: A Biography and Performance History
Edwin Forrest was the foremost American actor of the nineteenth century. This full-length biography examines Forrest's personal life while acknowledging the impossibility of separating it from his public image. Included is a historical chronology of every known performance the actor gave.
Rise Above! Letters from Tyrone Guthrie
Rise above!: Letters from Tyrone Guthrie details the life and letters of the celebrated theatrical director whose influence on international theatre lives on.
Performing King Lear: Gielgud to Russell Beale
A unique exploration of the challenges and rewards of performing "King Lear "based on interviews with leading actors and directors.
Theatre of the Oppressed in Practice Today: An Introduction to the Work and Principles of Augusto Boal
Beside Myself: An Actor's Life
Discusses what it is to be an actor, describing the journeys the author undertakes in order to inhabit the roles for which he is famous including "The History Man" (his TV breakthrough), "Macbeth", the "Fool" (to Michael Gambon's "Lear"), "Tamburlaine", "Cyrano", "Adolf Hitler", "Stanley Spencer" and "Richard III".
Strange Eventful History: The Dramatic Lives of Ellen Terry, Henry Irving and their Remarkable Families
Henry Irving - a merchant's clerk who became the saviour of British theatre - and Ellen Terry, who made her first theatre appearance as soon as she could walk, were the king and queen of the Victorian stage.
Charismatic Chameleon: The Actor as Creative Artist
Focuses on the psychology of acting and the phenomenology of creativity. Beginning with the premise that actors are creative artists, and tracing individual creativity to six distinct temperaments (personality types), this title demonstrates how actors can tap the profound resources of the psyche in even the most stress-filled situations.
Victorian Somebody: The Life of George Grossmith
Don't Let the Bastards Grind You Down: How One Generation of British Actors Changed the World
Alan Bates, Michael Caine, Sean Connery, Tom Courtenay, Albert Finney, Richard Harris, Peter O'Toole, Robert Shaw and Terence Stamp: They are the most formidable acting generation ever to tread the boards or stare into a camera, whose anti-establishment attitude changed the cultural landscape of Britain.
'Death of a Salesman' in Beijing
Rise Up!: Broadway and American Society from 'Angels in America' to 'Hamilton'
Not My Father's Son: A Family Memoir
Alan Cumming's compelling and moving memoir about his childhood and a thrilling family mystery. WINNER OF THE SLIGHTLY FOXED BEST FIRST BIOGRAPHY PRIZE2015
Directing: A Miscellany
A self-help manual for those addicted to directing in the theatre.
Shakespeare in the Theatre: Nicholas Hytner
Joan Littlewood: Dreams and Realities: The Official Biography
The official biography of pioneering theatre maverick Joan Littlewood, published to mark her centenary in October 2014.
Playhouse Wills: 1558-1642
Now available in paperback, this edition constitutes an archive of source materials in the field of Elizabethan and Jacobean theatre. It is a collection of over one hundred wills left by those who participate in the life of the theatre - from actors and dramatists to carpenters and costumiers. -- .
Actors' Crucible: Port Talbot and the Making of Burton, Hopkins, Sheen and All the Others
The town of Port Talbot has long been seen (quite literally) as synonymous with the steel industry. Yet it also has another claim to fame as the actors' capital of Wales. It has produced a remarkable number of actors since the inter-war years.
Brecht: A Practical Handbook
A bold and exciting new approach to Bertolt Brecht, making his theories and ideas about theatre accessible to a new generation of actors, directors, students and theatre-makers, and showing how they can be put into practice.
It's All Allowed: The Performances of Adrian Howells
Theatre of Romeo Castellucci and Societas Raffaello Sanzio: From Icon to Iconoclasm, From Word to Image, From Symbol to Allegory
This book focuses on Romeo Castellucci's theatrical project, exploring the ethical and aesthetic framework determined by his reflection on the nature of the image.
Adelina: A Biography of Opera Star Adelina Patti
A comprehensive biography of Italian-French 19th century opera singer Adelina Patti (1843-1919)
Stage Rights!: The Actresses' Franchise League, Activism and Politics 1908-58
Drawing upon previously unseen archival material, this book brings to life the story of the Actresses' Franchise League from 1908-1958, building a picture of this diverse, exciting and innovative organisation that opens up and extends previous scholarship of the suffrage movement, and of political and feminist networks in twentieth century theatre. -- .