CLOSELY OBSERVED THEATRE
Jonathan Croall’s new collection of theatre journalism offers an
insider’s view of the rich variety of productions, projects and ideas
developed at the National Theatre and the Old Vic.
unique access to rehearsals, the widely respected theatre historian and
biographer here brings his keen, observant eye to the creative work of
many stars, including Kevin Spacey, Lesley Manville, Tim Pigott-Smith
and Diana Rigg, and the different methods of directors such as Peter
Hall, Howard Davies, Alan Ayckbourn, and the legendary Robert Altman.
Covering Shakespeare, classic and modern plays, musicals and
adaptations, pantomimes and children’s theatre, Closely Observed
Theatre underlines the rich and imaginative work emanating from two
of the world’s great theatres, and elsewhere. It includes interviews
with Rufus Norris and Trevor Nunn, Rik Mayall and Slava the clown, Caryl
Churchill and Ian McKellen.
Jonathan Croall also discusses with a range of theatre practitioners
their ideas about women directors, theatre-in-the-round, music theatre,
community plays, and working in an ensemble.
'Jonathan Croall's account of the Propeller rehearsal of Twelfth Night
is an example of a thousand words saying more about production
relationships than half a dozen pictures ever could..' Guardian