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5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL, 4 May 2013
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Having worked under both Alan Strachan [author] AND Michael Codron for decades, I was delighted that I not only learned a lot from this wonderfully written book, but was that I now got some great gossip at last! Both author and subject were wonderful to work for and Codron kept a roof over my head most of my life as well as gave inspiring work to be proud of--it's time he was recognised. A great tribute from a lovely director/writer. Excellent stuff.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It washes for me, 13 Jun 2011
Alan Strachan is a WRITER. I use the capital letters deliberately, for I suspect that few other authors could shape over 50 years and 200 productions into readable form. It helps, of course, that Strachan has directed for Codron on a number of occasions, and thus has an extra affinity (plus another source of anecdotes as well as primary evidence) for his subject.

My own formative years of West End theatregoing certainly coincided with Codron's heyday, and a major attraction of this book is recognising productions one has seen, then learning a little more about how they came to be produced. Thanks to an extensive - and almost complete - archive, Strachan is able to trace the career of an extraordinary impresario through good times and harder ones in the Capital.

The way the author chooses to structure the task is both the book's greatest asset, and chief weakness. Once the Codron schooldays have been dispensed with, he adopts a decidedly `thematic' approach - taking either an association with a single playwright or genre (`revue' is the most interesting, and the form I for one miss most in London today) as the subject of a chapter.

This saves the whole from becoming just another tiresome chronology, and gives the author flexibility in tracing the development of an association in a single section of the book rather than in small paragraphs across a hundred pages.

Anything outside this structure does have to be `worked in' a little less smoothly than a reader might like, though it can be a relief to turn away from a minute examination of one author for a moment, to interpolate a little of another's success for contrast and colour.

The main drawback, however, is that the reader suddenly finds himself plunged back to failure in 1956 directly after celebrating a hit 2005 production at the close of the previous chapter. It makes for a slightly disconcerting change in pace at times, though compared to the alternative it is rather a sound editorial decision.

It could also be mentioned that one minor editorial error gets the dates wrong for a whole sequence of Ayckbourn / Vaudeville Theatre productions and Codron's associated ownership of the venue but, as a writer myself, I know that such things are unavoidable and it might be seen as a simple case of Ayckbourn `confusions' enlivening the text a little.

This book succeeds both as a reference source for those fascinated by West End production history, and as an `aide memoire' to the keen theatregoer. Certainly one that both will wish to have on their shelves; either to dip into in order to refresh a memory or simply pass a pleasurable few moments.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant History of the West End, 28 Dec 2010
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Michael Codron is one of the best West End producers of plays, in particular new plays. This is a history of his association with some of the most famous and successful playwrights of the last century. A reading must for those interested in the theatre.
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5.0 out of 5 stars down memory lane, 12 Dec 2013
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jacqui tatnall (Hunstanton. Norfolk) - See all my reviews
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I've only just started reading this book but it's sending me down memory lane as I once worked for Michael. I walked up the stairs past the wall of shame every morning! really kept me fit walking up all those stairs! good to hear Ali and Sandi are still working there - regards to them both Jacqui
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