Nick Hern Books | £28 including UK postage! (rrp £38.97 excluding postage)
A fascinating Christmas gift for theatre fans.
Letters to George
When Max Stafford-Clark directed The Recruiting Officer, he kept this vibrant rehearsal diary in the form of letters to the play’s author, George Farquahar. The result is an enjoyable and detailed look at how a play is directed.
“Written from inside the theatre, this is a wise book from which outsiders will learn” Michael Billington, Guardian
“Above all the book is an account of what a director does. It is a good story which he tells well” FT
Inside accounts of the making of some of the most influential theatre productions of the last four decades. Taking Stock draws on diaries, photos and interviews to recreate the evolution of nine of Max’s most famous and influential productions including Fanshen by David Hare, Cloud Nine by Caryl Churhill, Rita, Sue and Bob Too by Andrea Dunbar, Our Country’s Good by Timberlake Wertenbaker and Some Explicit Polaroids by Mark Ravenhill as well as his “African” Macbeth.
“A terrific read. I really didn’t want to finish it; some magician, some force” Carole Woddis, Rogues and Vagabonds
“These rehearsal diaries are welcome… Stafford-Clark tells a good story” Aleks Sierz, Independent
Journal of the Plague Year
One March morning, out of the blue, Max Stafford-Clark learned that the Arts Council had drastically cut their grant to his theatre company, Out of Joint, leaving it in danger of imminent collapse. Journal of the Plague Year is his account of what happened next. By turns funny, alarming and deeply personal, Journal of the Plague Year offers a fascinating exposé of the often Kafkaesque workings of arts subsidy in England.
“In turns frustrated and resigned, sardonic yet ultimately optimistic. Read it and weep.” Inkpellet