A superlative account of how theatre is made, in the words of the very people who make it.
In Talking Theatre, Richard Eyre uses his unrivalled access to leading theatre people to allow us to eavesdrop on the stories behind many of the most important productions and performances in the theatre of recent times:
John Gielgud • Peter Brook • Margaret 'Percy' Harris • Peter Hall • Ian McKellen • Judi Dench • Trevor Nunn • Vanessa Redgrave • Fiona Shaw • Liam Neeson • Stephen Rea • Stephen Sondheim • Arthur Laurents • Arthur Miller • August Wilson • Jason Robards • Kim Hunter • Tony Kushner • Luise Rainer • Alan Bennett • Harold Pinter • Tom Stoppard • David Hare • Jocelyn Herbert • William Gaskill • Arnold Wesker • Peter Gill • Christopher Hampton • Peter Shaffer • Frith Banbury • Alan Ayckbourn • John Bury • Victor Spinetti • John McGrath • Cameron Mackintosh • Patrick Marber • Steven Berkoff • Deborah Warner • Willem Dafoe • Simon McBurney • Robert Lepage • John Johnston (Britain's last Theatre Censor)
'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' Michael Billington
'a mine of first-hand theatrical information and insight and, better still, a wonderful compendium of high-grade gossip'
'Truly various and never less than fierce critical thinking condensed into one endlessly entertaining volume'
'Fascinating... Talking Theatre is a must'
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. He has since worked widely in theatre and opera - including in the West End, at the National Theatre and the Royal Opera House, on Broadway and in Aix-en-Provence. 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 received many awards for theatre, TV and film, and was knighted in 1997.