Leading theatre critic Michael Coveney invites you on a tour of the forty-five theatres which make the London stage what it is, with stories of the architecture and the productions which have defined each one. Sumptuous photographs by Peter Dazeley of the public areas, auditorium and backstage complete the picture.
London is the undisputed theatre capital of the world. From world-famous musicals to West End shows, from cutting-edge plays to Shakespeare in its original staging, from outdoor performance to intimate fringe theatre, the range and quality are unsurpassed. Leading theatre critic Michael Coveney invites you on a tour of forty-five theatres that make the London stage what it is. With stories of the architecture, the people and the productions which have defined each one, alongside sumptuous photographs by Peter Dazeley of the public areas, auditorium and backstage, this illustrated overview of London's Theatres is a book like no other. A must for fans of the stage!
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About Michael Coveney
One of the country's most respected drama critics, Michael Coveney has written about theatre for over three decades, as staff critic on the Financial Times, Observer and Daily Mail. His books include a history of the Glasgow Citizens Theatre and biographies of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Dame Maggie Smith.
PETER DAZELEY FRPS, known as Dazeley, is a celebrated London photographer renowned for fine art and advertising photography. He was born in West Kensington and studied photography at Holland Park School, now known as the Socialist Eton. His work has won many awards from organisations across the world, including the Association of Photographers and the Royal Photographic Society in the UK, EPICA in France, Applied Arts Magazine in Canada, and Graphis Inc. in the USA. Dazeley is a member of the Association of Photographers and a fellow of the Royal Photographic Society. Peter Dazely is the photographer of Unseen London, London Uncovered, London Theatres (all Frances Lincoln).
Mark Rylance is an actor who recently appeared as Thomas Cromwell in the BBC's Wolf Hall. He is also a trustee of the Shakespearean Authorship Trust and an Honorary Bencher of The Middle Temple Hall. He was the Artistic Director of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre for ten years and wrote the play I Am Shakespeare.
Table of Contents
1. Grandes Dames: Haymarket, Drury Lane, Her Majesty's, Covent Garden, Palace 2. Palaces of Pleasure: Palladium, Coliseum, Shaftesbury, Dominion, Prince Edward, Lyceum, Prince of Wales 3. Popular landmarks: National Theatre, Sadler's Wells, Shakespeare's Globe, Old Vic, Roundhouse, Royal Court, Regents Park 4. Informal delights: Young Vic, Almeida, Donmar, Tricycle, New London, The Other Palace 5. Legends Alive: Richmond, Playhouse, Adelphi, Queen's, New Ambassadors, New Wimbledon 6. Hidden Gems: Alexandra Palace, BBC Radio Theatre, Normansfield, Charing Cross, 7. Eastward Ho!: Barbican, Hackney Empire, Stratford East, Wilton's Music Hall 8. West End jewels: Wyndham's, Savoy, Gielgud, Phoenix, Novello, Duke of York's, St Martin's, Criterion
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