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Talking Theatre: Interviews with Theatre People by [Eyre, Richard]
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A rich, stimulating treasure trove. Eyre's interviews exactly hit the spot: in revealing themselves, his subjects also give the reader a panoramic view of modern theatre. --Guardian

A mine of first-hand theatrical information and insight and, better still, a wonderful compendium of high-grade gossip. --Daily Telegraph

Truly various and never less than fierce critical thinking condensed into one endlessly entertaining volume. --Sunday Times

About the Author

Richard Eyre worked for ten years in regional theatre in Leicester, Edinburgh and Nottingham. He was producer of the BBC's Play for Today from 1978 to 1981, and was Artistic Director of the National Theatre from 1988 to 1997. His work since includes a musical and several plays in the West End, at the National Theatre, Broadway, and opera at Covent Garden and at the Aix-en-Provence Festival. His film and television work includes The Ploughman's Lunch, Tumbledown, Iris, Notes on a Scandal, and Changing Stages, a six-part look at twentieth-century theatre. He has published three books, including National Service, a journal of his time at the National Theatre.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1611 KB
  • Print Length: 353 pages
  • Publisher: Nick Hern Books (25 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CEYBJZU
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #234,114 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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My husband bought me this for Christmas because I made him, after he borrowed the library book for me and I read it through 3 times. Richard Eyre has met pretty much everyone, and in fact in the space of the first reading I got killer quotations for 2 separate essays!
I appreciate the point about Brecht and Beckett but, let's face it, European theatre would be very different without them, and Kenneth Tynan's views (in the Chapter, Bert and Sam, are as trenchant as ever.)
It's actually an extraordinarily good read just as straight journalism, whether you're terrifically interested in theatre or not. Personally, I'm heading for obsession, and can't wait for Christmas so i can curl up with Richard Eyre all over again.
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This is a very interesting book consisting of interviews with many of our theatres luminaries including Peter Hall and Trevor Nunn.
Very enjoyable for those who truly understand the nature of professional theatre but also useful for the amateurs who take their hobby seriously.
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Ok, I admit it, theatre is a passion of mine. I would rather read a play or a book about theatre than a novel most of the time. This book was a surprise birthday gift and a very welcome one at that.

Eyre has assembled a series of interviews he carried out (for a TV documentary series over a decade ago) into a verbatim history of theatre in the 20th Century. Necessarily it is a very personal journey through this vast topic and clearly represents those forms that Eyre is particularly drawn towards.

Where it is most successful, it offers some fascinating insights (and gossip) and really captures the voices and spirit of the contributors. Where it starts to drag is in some rather repetitive questioning - which whilst necessary for preparing the documentary (where you can edit) it is rather tiring to see the same points about Brecht and Beckett being raised time after time.

This is definitely a book I will return to and suspect many others will enjoy it too.
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This is a superb book and can be read at ease on short chapters in any order which is great. It is like a contemporary history of theatre history and gives a wonderful range of insights, thoughts, ideas and opinions on plays, actors, styles and genres and avoids all the personal guff. It is a theatre person's read any is exceptionally enjoyable. I loved it.
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