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A Moment Towards the End of the Play Paperback – 27 Sep 2002


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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Nick Hern Books; New edition edition (27 Sept. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 185459687X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1854596871
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,122,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Filled with insight, wit and a sense of the ultimate absurdity of life' TLS

About the Author

Timothy West was born in 1934. He lives in Wandsworth with his wife, Prunella Scales. Their son, Samuel West, is currently playing Hamlet for the RSC in London.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 April 2003
Format: Paperback
I thought this a great and funny memoir of a life in acting, with a lot of fine dry humour throughout. There are funny observances about all parts of the world West has toured: that in Los Angeles, audiences tend to prefer plays without TOO many words, that in Australia, this year's "brilliant new play-writing talent" in Sydney is next year's teacher of English in Oodnadata or some other bush-backwater, and there are lots of stories about being an actor in Britain, observations of other actors (including wife Prunella Scales). West's subtle, dry take on things may not be appreciated by everyone in today's age of advertising and spin-doctoring, where irony tends to spoil the game, but the detached reader will appreciate it, along with all the good humour.
I thought West made a wonderful Falstaff when I saw him a few years ago, and I bought his book after seeing him in his current role as Lear at the Old Vic. If you liked that performance, or saw his Falstaff of 1997, also at the Old Vic, I think you'll appreciate this volume. Also, you can get West's Falstaff on audio tape/CD, and again it's worth looking out for his collection of letters, I'm Here.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lynette Baines VINE VOICE on 1 Dec. 2002
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This is a fascinating wander through the career of a great actor. Timothy West came from a theatrical family and learnt his craft in repertory and provincial theatre companies in the 1950s and 60s. After a few lean years, he began to get regular work, and has since become well-known for his portrayals of Churchill and Edward VII among many other roles. West's memoir is full of anecdotes about theatre life, touring all over the world, his family, fellow actors. Humour and good nature are the overwhelming flavours of this beautifully written memoir. West also has plenty to say about the increasingly dire state of arts funding in the UK, and his stints as a company manager have left him feeling despondent about the future of theatre. He is gently nostalgic about the days of touring rep and the valuable training ground for young actors which has been lost with it's demise. A wonderful reminiscence of the theatrical life.
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By Ripple TOP 500 REVIEWER on 31 Mar. 2010
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Not only is Timothy West a highly talented actor, but he is a gifted raconteur. This is a highly entertaining book and reflection on a life of acting. Frequently highly amusing with some lovely stories, often told at the expense of the author, it's also insightful on the business of theatre as opposed to the craft - and there are some wonderful passages about the now infamous O'Toole Macbeth. This is a charming read that is as entertaining as it is wise. Very well worth reading.
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Excellent review of his very varied, busy and demading careeer both in the theatre, on TV and radio.
Very ' rounded ' personality with many interests outside his job, but all in all, an amusing and very endearing
account from one of the best known 'faces' of his generation
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I very much enjoyed this autobiography. Honest and unabridged and in places very funny: the politics of theatre, as well as the relationships and day to day, sometimes grinding, progress of an actor's life are frankly chronicled.
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