Changing Stages by Richard Eyre
A View of British and American Theatre in the

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Through the flash points of its glorious history, Richard Eyre and Nicholas Wright, two of today's most distinguished men of the theatre, celebrate the British and American stage as it has evolved over the course of the twentieth century. From Pygmalion's first Eliza Doolittle (Mrs. Patrick Campbell, who enchanted playwright George Bernard Shaw in 1914) and her equally piquant successors, to Uta Hagen in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; from Gertrude Lawrence and Noël Coward in his Private Lives (their performance as dazzling as the play itself), to Michael Frayn's Copenhagen—this stylish, astute, richly pictorial volume brings us the actors, directors, and playwrights who have shaped one hundred years of the theatre and the performances that live on in our minds
Lotte Lenya in The Threepenny Opera, Laurence Olivier in the British production of Eugene O'Neill's viscerally American Long Day's Journey into Night, Sidney Poitier in A Raisin in the Sun, Judi Dench as Lady Macbeth, Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead . . . Here is the essential mixture of Shakespearean heritage, Irish magic, American vitality, and Russian pathos that converged on the stage in an efflorescence of dramatic innovation. Eyre and Wright's survey of this brilliant period is allusive, intelligent, and intimate, rich in anecdote and infused with a deep love and understanding of the theatre.

About Richard Eyre

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Richard Eyre, for 10 years artistic director of the Royal National Theatre, won the Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in 1997. He lives in London. Nicholas Wright, an associate director of the Royal National Theatre, is an actor & playwright & author of the celebrated play "Mrs. Klein". He lives in London.
Published August 7, 2001 by Knopf. 400 pages
Genres: History, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography, Literature & Fiction, Travel. Non-fiction

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The book on which it is based, cowritten by Eyre and Nicholas Wright, is a bit of a baggy monster: a mix of the brusque and the brilliant that seems torn between weighty, cram-it-all-in reference book and opinionated guide to modern theatre.

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A highly personal and encapsulated overview of British and world theater (with particular focus on the American scene), this breezy, copiously illustrated book was written as preparation for a BBC-TV series, Changing Stages.

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