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Dancing in the Moonlight [Hardcover]

Ronnie Barker
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2 Sep 1993
From the moment that nineteen-year-old Ronald Barker threw up his steady job in an Oxford bank for life as an actor in a tatty Aylesbury repertory theatre, he knew he was where he belonged. In DANCING IN THE MOONLIGHT, he tells the droll and wickedly candid story of his years in repertory theatre, in those heady days before the advent of television, when every rep company had its regulars, and posters for a new play went up every week. This uproarious, racy and affectionate memoir of a bygone time pays homage to that vanished world.

In between making props out of papier mâché, Ronnie Barker was playing everything from a removal man (who has only three lines) to three consecutive roles in Treasure Island (in one of which he could remember only one line, and so just kept repeating it). With equal gusto, the youthful Barker was discovering the fairer sex and how acting in love scenes can lead to unforeseen consequences – whether the beginning of a passionate off-stage affair, or getting his trousers caught in the sofa springs before a live audience.


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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; First Edition, First Impression edition (2 Sep 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340591048
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340591048
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.6 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 516,865 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ronnie Barker made his name on the classic television programme The Frost Report. Later, he teamed up with Ronnie Corbett for the long-running and immensely popular television series The Two Ronnies. Other successful partnerships followed – Richard Beckinsale in Porridge and David Jason in Open All Hours. His silent films The Picnic, By the Sea and Futtock’s End are comedy classics, and he was the holder of seventeen awards for his comedy performances, including three British Academy Awards.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 28 May 2014
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I thought the ideal biography of Ronnie would be written in his own words. I was wrong. There are several which are more entertaining. Probably not more accurate, but sometimes the detail of someone's life (the minutia) is interesting only to them. This gets far too down in the detail for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A true comic 4 Aug 2013
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I enjoyed this book very much a typical Ronnie Barker product ,well thought through great delivery ,interesting details and enjoyable to the last page ,if you are looking for a light and enjoyable read this book will not fail to entertain.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Service Brilliant 22 Jun 2013
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Service brilliant, quality of product, like new. I could not have wished for better. I will recommend you to others
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