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Archive Book Review • STARK NAKED • Graham Stark • 2003

Stark Naked: The Autobiography of Graham Stark ‘Always the bridesmaid, never the bride’ might have been a more apt title for Graham Stark’s autobiography, Stark Naked, the story of his … Continue reading

03/30/2016 · Leave a comment

Archive Book Review • SIR JOHN GIELGUD: A Life in Letters • ed. Richard Mangan • Year

Sir John Gielgud: A Life in Letters edited by Richard Mangan John Gielgud had a venerable theatrical pedigree for his great-aunt was none other than the celebrated Victorian actress Ellen … Continue reading

03/28/2016 · 1 Comment

Archive Book Review • PLAYING LEAR • Oliver Ford Davies • 2003

Playing Lear by Oliver Ford Davies ‘What will go next — socks or pants? The socks make you look vulnerable. And ridiculous. Yes. So it’ll be the pants?’ Oliver Ford … Continue reading

03/27/2016 · Leave a comment

Archive Book Review • TACKLING TEXT • Barbara Houseman • pub. Nick Hern Books • 2008

Tackling Text [and subtext]: A step-by-step guide for actors by Barbara Houseman Barbara Houseman has already established herself as a foremost voice coach at the RSC and the Young Vic … Continue reading

03/24/2016 · Leave a comment


At the Theatre Book Prize presentation in May, the display of books entered for the prize was a very useful way of finding out about books published in 2003, ones … Continue reading

02/17/2016 · Leave a comment

Vickie Lester’s Book at Bedtime « LAST POST

Audio serialization of Vickie Lester’s It’s In His Kiss on BEGUILING HOLLYWOOD – read by  Pippa Rathborne Source: Vickie Lester’s Book at Bedtime « LAST POST

12/21/2015 · 2 Comments

Shakespeare’s 1606 – Interview with James Shapiro

James Shapiro, who teaches English at Columbia University in New York, is author of several books, including 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare (winner of the BBC4 … Continue reading

11/09/2015 · Leave a comment

Dashiell Hammett: A Memoir, by Lillian Hellman in The New York Review of Books (1965)

BEGUILING HOLLYWOOD When we were very broke, those first years in New York, Hammett got a modest advance from Knopf and began to write The Thin Man. He moved to … Continue reading

10/16/2015 · Leave a comment

Book Review: ‘Judi Dench: Behind the Scenes’ | Writing Suzanne

Originally posted on Writing Suzanne. Earlier in the year, I was very pleased to find out that I had won a copy of Judi Dench: Behind the Scenes. This is my … Continue reading

08/18/2015 · 4 Comments

Corin Redgrave: He lost his memory of our life together | Life and style | The Guardian

Originally posted in The Guardian. In 2009, the year before he died, the actor and playwright Corin Redgrave came up with what he thought was a brilliant plot idea. His new … Continue reading

07/29/2015 · 2 Comments

Memoirs of a Professional Cad | Silver Screenings

Originally posted on Silver Screenings. We have a soft spot for urbane, smooth-talking movie characters. A character like that is as much of a treat as a second helping of dessert. The person who … Continue reading

05/31/2015 · 2 Comments

Alan Rickman – Quotes | pilar221b

“Actors are agents of change. A film, a piece of theater, a piece of music, or a book can make a difference. It can change the world.” Alan Rickman via … Continue reading

05/12/2015 · 2 Comments


Dear John by Joan Le Mesurier “It’s all been rather lovely.” John Le Mesurier‘s last words before he died on 15 November 1983. Taken from Dear John by his widow, Joan Le … Continue reading

04/03/2015 · Leave a comment

Extract • SO YOU WANT TO BE AN ACTOR? • Prunella Scales & Timothy West

Text by Prunella Scales : Text by Timothy West This is an exclusive extract from So You Want To Be An Actor? [pp52-60], courtesy of its authors, Prunella Scales & Timothy West, and Nick … Continue reading

03/26/2015 · Leave a comment

Book Review • SO YOU WANT TO BE AN ACTOR? • Prunella Scales and Timothy West

Prunella Scales and Timothy West have distilled their wisdom and experience into one of the most valuable books for young and aspiring actors that I have read in recent years, So You … Continue reading

03/25/2015 · 4 Comments

Janet Suzman Skewers the Oxfordians | Chris Hilton ~ Writer

Originally posted on Chris Hilton ~ Writer. I have just finished an interesting book by Janet Suzman, a fine Shakespearean actress. She played one of the best Cleopatras I’ve seen in 1974 and … Continue reading

03/24/2015 · Leave a comment

Book Review • NIGEL HAWTHORNE ON STAGE • Kathleen Riley

Dr Riley is an Australian academic whose first knowledge of Nigel Hawthorne was seeing him in Yes, Minister on television. It was not until he was playing the King in The Madness of … Continue reading

03/14/2015 · Leave a comment

Archive Interview • JOHN FRASER • Close Up • Bosie Speaks Up

Film star, Shakespearean actor and director John Fraser, is perhaps most widely known for his highly-praised portrayal of Lord Alfred Douglas (Bosie) in the movie The Trials of Oscar Wilde opposite Peter … Continue reading

03/04/2015 · 12 Comments

Book Review • CLOSE UP: An Actor Telling Tales • John Fraser

This is not the first time John Fraser has taken up his pen — earlier books include an engaging account of his travels through Africa performing Shakespeare — but the … Continue reading

03/03/2015 · Leave a comment

Whitewashing History by Tanya Landman

An article about the wonderfully gifted actor Sophie Okenedo in The Guardian (4th July 2014) mentioned that in order to find good parts she has to travel to the USA. … Continue reading

01/12/2015 · 1 Comment

Bryden & Clark: Lives in the Theatre

Bryden & Clark: Lives in the Theatre by Nobby Clark, Bill Bryden Binding: PaperBack | Page extent: 112 ISBN: 9781783190836 Bill Bryden is one of the true mavericks of British … Continue reading

11/26/2014 · Leave a comment

People : W Somerset Maugham, Playwright, Author, Mr Short Story Perhaps The Most Famous Ambulance Driver Ever….

Originally posted on stuartshieldgardendesign:
William Somerset Maugham (25 January 1874 – 16 December 1965) was a British playwright, novelist and short story writer. He was among the most popular writers of…

11/08/2014 · Leave a comment

How to Write about Theatre by @MarkfFisher #Bloomsbury

What a very neat idea and not before time, says she who wrote many theatre reviews for her original R&V website without any advice, merely instinct! It was important to me … Continue reading

10/30/2014 · Leave a comment

Scandalous Women: Book Review: Two New Books on Hollywood Scandals

Title: Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood Author: William J. Mann Hardcover: 480 pages Publisher: Harper (October 14, 2014) Language: English How Acquired:  Edelweiss What it’s About: The Day of the … Continue reading

10/18/2014 · Leave a comment

Archive Book Review • STATE OF THE NATION by Michael Billington • 2007

State of the Nation: British Theatre since 1945 Anyone interested in, involved with, or concerned about British Theatre should read this book. Tracing the development of British drama since the … Continue reading

07/11/2014 · 1 Comment

It’s in His Kiss…naughty and nice — with plenty of intrigue and spice! Click on the picture!

BEGUILING HOLLYWOOD 5.0 out of 5 starsHollywood Confidential: Mystery, Scandal & Romance, Oh My, June 28, 2014 ByWest Coast Reader – See all my reviews This review is from: It’s … Continue reading

07/10/2014 · Leave a comment

News • THEATRE BOOK PRIZE WINNER • Society for Theatre Research

A little late in the day, I give you details on the recipient of the STR Theatre Book Prize for books published in 2013. The ceremony was held on Friday, 9th May, in … Continue reading

06/17/2014 · Leave a comment

Book Review • A Fanny Full of Soap • Nichola McAuliffe

A Fanny Full of Soap: The Story of a West End Disaster: The Story of a West End Musical I may just have found the perfect beach read. Nichola McAuliffe … Continue reading

06/12/2014 · 1 Comment

THEATRE BOOK PRIZE • Society for Theatre Research

2014 Theatre Book Prize reception STR The Society for Theatre Research THEATRE BOOK PRIZE Short List for books published in 2013 (in alphabetical order) The National Theatre Story  by Daniel Rosenthal (Oberon) The … Continue reading

05/05/2014 · 1 Comment

The Society for Theatre Research: Theatre Book Prize 2012

Press Release 11-04-13 The Society for Theatre Research and the judges are pleased to announce the following short list for the Theatre Book Prize for books published in 2012: Mr … Continue reading

04/15/2013 · Leave a comment