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The National Theatre Story by [Rosenthal, Daniel]
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'The story of the National Theatre is as packed with drama as anything it has staged...Covering 50 years during which the National has staged 800 or so shows, it can t help but prompt vivid memories in theatre-going reader.' --Sunday Times

'This weighty tome is the definitive history, synthesising many of the previous works, incorporating extensive new interview material with privileged access to directors' files, administrative records, board papers and the restricted holdings in the NT archive... It's all here, summarised better than anywhere else…. this is a story with guts, great actors, laughter, disaster, and other properties that most books don't possess….. It's the story of a campaign, a process, a fulfilment; of a triumph of the national character despite itself, of a celebration and a realisation of what we, as a nation, simply do better, probably thanks to Shakespeare, than anyone else: the theatre.' --Michael Coveney, Independent

'[A] mighty tome... Rosenthal documents with precision and style' --Herald Scotland

'This weighty tome is the definitive history, synthesising many of the previous works, incorporating extensive new interview material with privileged access to directors' files, administrative records, board papers and the restricted holdings in the NT archive... It's all here, summarised better than anywhere else…. this is a story with guts, great actors, laughter, disaster, and other properties that most books don't possess….. It's the story of a campaign, a process, a fulfilment; of a triumph of the national character despite itself, of a celebration and a realisation of what we, as a nation, simply do better, probably thanks to Shakespeare, than anyone else: the theatre.' --Michael Coveney, Independent

'[A] mighty tome... Rosenthal documents with precision and style' --Herald Scotland

About the Author

Daniel Rosenthal was born in London in 1971. He has written on theatre and film for The Times, Independent and Observer, and his previous books include 100 Shakespeare Films (2007) and Student Editions of David Mamet's Oleanna and Patrick Marber's Closer. He has chaired 30 National Theatre Platforms and is Associate Producer of the recent BBC 4 Arena documentaries on the NT. He lectures on drama, film and journalism for the International Programmes department at Pembroke College, Cambridge

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5887 KB
  • Print Length: 928 pages
  • Publisher: Oberon Books (7 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GIK9H5U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #291,731 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is a thorough and detailed history yet it is fast paced and really holds your attention. It is cleverly arranged by theme as well as chronologically. Rosenthal isn't afraid to point out the shortcomings of the four artistic directors but at the same time values the unique contributions each has made. Very readable and I kept picking it up to read a bit more every time I put it down. I love theatre, I love the NT and I love this book. Just one word of warning- in hardback it does way 1.7kg. A weighty book but not a weighty read.
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This is a remarkable book, the size of a New York City phone book (for those of you who remember phone books.) Because I play a very small part in the procedures, I went right for that part first. Even though I think memory has played some tricks, and even though I was never asked whether a letter from me could be quoted (bad form...), I still feel honored to be a part of such an important book. It is a remarkable history, and it has been exhaustively chronicled. Bravo.
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An excellent book. Rosenthal turns a huge amount of information into a coherent and lively story, with lots of telling anecdotes. You don't expect the history of an institution to be a page-turner, but this one is. I'm not in the profession, or even a frequent NT-goer, but this book kept me reading well past bedtime. He writes so well that he even makes the bits about finances and fund-raising interesting.
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Great book. But why isn't it available on Audible too, so that my blind husband can access it too?
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This witty and comprehensive account of The National Theatre is a must for anyone who has enjoyed the NT productions since its inception in the pre Olivier days. It is packed with juicy titbits,so much so that I was exclaiming out loud, actual facts on the finances - wow some revelations there - and every page delivers. I was going to dip in but in fact you can read it through from the beginning to the end like a racy novel. This is not to diminish its scholarly approach which will benefit serious students in the future. it is brick of a book but not too heavy but maybe a kindle user would prefer to download.
RECOMMEND!!!!!!!!
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Created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Theatre of Great Britain, it actually is a compendium celebrating England's theatrical heritage much farther back. A study of this theatre company is, in many ways, a study of the British character and values. Take your time (you must, this book is almost 1,000 pages long), do a chapter at a time, and marvel at what intricate details exist nowhere but in this book. It's a must-read for theatre teachers, students, actors and directors. Unvarnished truth, awe-strikingly good.
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This is a big, warm, deeply fascinating and extremely well-written account of one of the great visionary achievements of our national culture. Despite the philistinism of the Thatcher years and various economic recessions, the good old NT has pushed through with it's quality and commitment to popular and high art. This is highly readable, frequently moving and a huge endorsement of something that, like the NHS, could so easily be lost in the crass accountancy of Tory louts.
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If you have any interest in the theatre this book is a must. Entertaining and scrupulously even handed: it covers the great, good and not so great. Now I know what was really happening upstairs when we poor actors were floundering about below.
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