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Synopsis: In his fascinating book, Michael Hallifax first takes us backstage and tells how he prepared for the arrival of the remarkable English Stage Company at the Royal Court Theatre ("Remove the stage boxes and build assemblies there.") and gives us details of life at the Court ("Please clear the stage for a lunch-time concert on Thursday."). Next we learn of his experiences as manager of a West End theatre ("Where is the change the usherette promised to give me?") and so to Stratford-upon-Avon where, for the Royal Shakespeare Company under Peter Hall, he was Manager and Licensee. Here we realize how different theatre life was beside the Rive Avon ("There’s the Town’s Fire Alarm. Perhaps it’s the theatre.") The it was back to London, to the Aldwych Theatre, with its many pleasures ("Please arrange for a World Theatre Season, seven companies from overseas in thirteen weeks.") and problems ("Simultaneous translation is causing a riot in the back stalls.") before we find him crossing the river to Old Vic and the National Theatre under Sir Laurence Olivier—busy but blissful ("We must prepare to take three productions for a six-week tour right across Canada."). During these extraordinary years, we will come across many interesting characters from faithful cleaners to great actors and amongst the latter we meet Sir John Gielgud, Dame Peggy Ashcroft, Michael MacLiammoir, and Sir Ralph Richardson in addition to the three Artistic Directors with whom he worked, George Devine, Sir Peter Hall, and Sir Laurence Olivier.
About the Author: MICHAEL HALLIFAX’s theater career began in 1939, and has been going strong for over sixty years. He has held prominent positions in many prestigious theater companies, including the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. He has given Lecture Tours to American colleges and universities, and he was honored to be the Manager of the Royal Gala performance for Shakespeare’s Globe when Her Majesty came to open the Complex. He is still working for the Globe, having been appointed as their Chairman.
Title: Let Me Set the Scene: Twenty Years at the ...
Publisher: Smith & Kraus Pub Inc
Publication Date: 2004
Book Condition: Good
Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Bookseller Inventory # GOR005631126
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Book Description Smith and Kraus, Hanover, New Hampshire, 2004. Trade Paper. Book Condition: Very Good+. VG+, pb, 386pp. Bookseller Inventory # 060712-E612
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Book Description Smith & Kraus Pub Inc, 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. Great condition with minimal wear, aging, or shelf wear. Bookseller Inventory # P021575253305
Book Description Smith & Kraus Pub Inc, 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111575253305