Year of the Mad King: The Lear Diaries
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Hardback, 256 pages ISBN: 9781848426719Publication Date:
15 Mar 2018
Size: 216mm x 138mm£16.99 £13.59You save £3.40 (20%)

Year of the Mad King: The Lear Diaries

By Antony Sher

Hardback £16.99£13.59

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Events:
Year of the Mad King at Jewish Book Week
Mon 5 Mar 2018
Antony Sher: Year of the Mad King at Oxford Literary Festival
Sat 17 Mar 2018
Antony Sher: The Lear Diaries at National Theatre, London
Fri 23 Mar 2018
An Audience with Antony Sher at Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
Thu 7 Jun 2018

In 1982, rising actor Antony Sher played the Fool to Michael Gambon’s King in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of King Lear. Shortly after, he came back to Stratford to play Richard III – a breakthrough performance that would transform his career, winning him the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Actor. Sher’s record of the making of this historic theatrical event, Year of the King, has become a classic of theatre writing, a unique insight into the creation of a landmark Shakespearean performance.

More than thirty years later, Antony Sher returned to Lear, this time in the title role, for the 2016 RSC production directed by Gregory Doran. Sher’s performance was acclaimed by the Telegraph as ‘a crowning achievement in a major career’, and the show transferred from Stratford to London’s Barbican. Once again, he kept a diary, capturing every step of his personal and creative journey to opening night.

Year of the Mad King: The Lear Diaries is Sher’s account of researching, rehearsing and performing what is arguably Shakespeare’s most challenging role, known as the Everest of Acting. His strikingly honest, illuminating and witty commentary provides an intimate, first-hand look at the development of his Lear and of the production as a whole. Also included is a selection of his paintings and sketches, many reproduced in full colour.

Like his Year of the King and Year of the Fat Knight: The Falstaff Diaries, this book, Year of the Mad King, offers a fascinating perspective on the process of one of the greatest Shakespearean actors of his generation.

'One of the finest books I have ever read on the process of acting' Time Out on Year of the King

'Antony Sher's insider journal is a brilliant exploded view of a great actor at work – modest and gifted, self-centred and selfless – a genius capable of transporting us backstage' Craig Raine, The Spectator (Books of the Year) on Year of the Fat Knight

Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Hardback, 256 pages ISBN: 9781848426719Publication Date:
15 Mar 2018
Size: 216mm x 138mm£16.99 £13.59You save £3.40 (20%)
This edition isn't available yet, but you can be amongst the first to receive it by pre-ordering now! Pre-order

Also by Antony Sher:

Year of the Fat Knight (Hardback)
ID
Beside Myself
Year of the Fat Knight
Year of the King
The Giant
Primo Time

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