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Avoid or prepare to be enraged
on 6 October 2015
This should be a good book. There are a myriad of fascinating facts and engaging stories about London theatre. This manages to miss almost all. It starts well focusing on how theatre developed and where but goes rapidly downhill. It describes St Martins Lane talking about Albery but without noting that the Gielgud used to be the Albery. It is misogynistic never failing to make a condescending remark about how women may have done unusually well in some obscure branch of the industry. It wanders off into spurious tangents full of poorly argued or unsupported personal opinion.
I continued reading only to see if it could possibly get any worse. It can. The grammar and sentence construction is full of holes and impossible to comprehend. It annoys me intensely. I can't decide whether to give up or rewrite it.