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Joan's Book Peculiar History As She Tells It

Littlewood, Joan

ISBN 10: 0413640701 / ISBN 13: 9780413640703
Published by Methuen, 1994
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Title: Joan's Book Peculiar History As She Tells It

Publisher: Methuen

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good-

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This autobiography by veteran theatre director Joan Littlewood, responsible for some of the greatest and most unconventional theatrical successes of the century, such as "Oh What A Lovely War" and the plays of Brendan Behan and Shelagh Delaney, presents an idiosyncratic account of her life, from her birth in London just after the outbreak of World War I to her years touring with Theatre Workshop, her time at London's Theatre Royal, Stratford; her campaign for the "Fun Palace", and her work with students and actors worldwide.


Reissued to commemorate the death of its author in 2002, this is the delightful autobiography of Joan Littlewood, the woman who changed the shape of British theatre and one of the greatest female directors of all time. Born in poverty in 1914, Littlewood won a scholarship to RADA and worked her way through life travelling and performing on a shoestring while gathering talent along the way. Experience in Paris and Eastern Europe gave her a wider outlook than most of her contemporaries, and when she and her company Theatre Workshop took up residence at the Theatre Royal Stratford East after the war she began the series of productions that were to make her name, most famously Oh, What a Lovely War!. But the British theatrical establishment never quite accepted her, and in 1976 she left England to live in France. Littlewood achieved much in her life, and this powerful book is a great testimony to her character and success. Every detail is perfectly conjured up as her experiences come to life before our eyes and we share her dream of a theatre that has no rules. Littlewood is frank and open about her personal as well as her professional life - her first husband Jimmy Miller and her lifelong partner Gerry Raffles are portrayed honestly, as are all the characters in her book. Newspaper cuttings, lines from plays and personal letters make fascinating inserts adding a real sense of time and place. As captivating as its author, this autobiography ensures that her memory will remain as alive as the theatre she created. (Kirkus UK)

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