- Hardcover: 188 pages
- Publisher: The History Press; 1st edition (17 Aug. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0752454064
- ISBN-13: 978-0752454061
- Product Dimensions: 16 x 2 x 24 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,137,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Opening Doors and Windows: A Memoir in Four Acts Hardcover – 17 Aug 2009
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'In these dangerous times, it is more important than ever that we try to understand the synthesis of chaos and order, freedom and discipline, intuition and ritual. And nobody has greater insight into these things than James Roose-Evans, who, alone amongst my teachers, opened the door to the nature of creativity for me at the beginning of my working life.' Mike Leigh
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Read this book and then re read it. There is more to take in and enjoy than a single read can offer
This is a beautifully written book. Highly recommended
But too there are wonderful vignettes here, drawing on a life fully lived: Of Tennesse Williams brooding silences shattered by faultless wit, of Helene Hanff coming onto the stage at the premiere of '84 Charing Cross Road' - the failed playwright discovering fame at the hands of an arranger of her words; and, of Sir John Gielgud's last stage performance in 'The Best of Friends'!
Perhaps the most moving testimony is to the gift of friends - especially friendships that transgressed any limits of age - and the ways of nurturing such relationships.
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I love the honesty and perception in this book. James Roose-Evans is equally fascinating about his life in the theatre, his role in the Anglican church, his relationship with his... Read morePublished on 27 Dec. 2009 by M. Cantacuzino
Here at last is someone who writes not only truthfully and clearly about his faith but relates it to a life so varied and successful that everyone will find a point of relevance in... Read morePublished on 11 Dec. 2009 by PC London
Brilliant memoirs of the amazing life of James Roose Evans. A must read for anyone with an interest in theatre, life and so much more. Read morePublished on 3 Dec. 2009 by North London Ben
An outstanding story by a remarkable man - theatre director, author, non-stipendiary priest, founder of the Hampstead Theatre and the Bleddfa Centre for the Creative Spirit. Read morePublished on 1 Dec. 2009 by John Margetson
James Roose-Evans book is a wonderful read. It is full of fascinating information covering his life in the theatre and the great and interesting people he has met along the way. Read morePublished on 26 Nov. 2009 by Helen P. Craig