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One Night Stands: A Critic's View of Modern British Theatre (Nick Hern Books) Paperback – 26 Oct 2001
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'If a cultural historian of the next century were looking for a sympathetic and engaged description of the British theatre of the last twenty years, they should look no further than Billington... He is practical, passionate, opinionated and moralistic' Richard Eyre; 'Anyone seeking both immediate impressions and a considered overview of British theatre over the past two decades couldn't find a better guide than this book' Times Literary Supplement; 'Besides being unflaggingly entertaining about dreadful evenings out, Billington exudes enthusiasm whenever he finds cause for congratulations' The Times
About the Author
Michael Billington has been the theatre critic of the Guardian since 1971. Amongst other books, he has written biographies of Peggy Ashcroft and Harold Pinter. He lives in West London.
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on 26 February 2009
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Theatrical performances are, by their nature, ephemeral, leaving behind no more than a much-read programme, and yesterday's newspaper reviews. So reading through this collection of the latter (essentially theatre critic Michael Billington's reviews of performances from the 1960s to the late 1980s) is a journey into the past and a catalyst for reminiscence, not only about actual performances, but also the social and political events of the times - the effects of grant cuts, censorship, film and TV are all chronicled. My constant dip-in bedtime reading.
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Theatre critics are rarely a perceptive lot, so having a book full of honest, kind and intelligent reviews from this British writer is worthy of celebration. It is a varied bag that Billington explores, from Liberace concerts and comedians, to trying his hand at directing himself. Particular highlights are his reviews of Sondheim's first London production of COMPANY (A rave), Lloyd Webber's flop JEEVES and the modest musical GODSPELL (both pans). He is immensely readable, never pretentious and even allows his own critics voice their complaints at the end of some essays. Which makes for some argumentative discussion!