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Gielgud : a theatrical life

Author: Jonathan Croall
Publisher: New York : Continuum, 2001.
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"On his death John Gielgud was widely acclaimed as the greatest classical actor of the twentieth century, and the finest modern interpreter of Shakespeare. This biography is the first to cover in full an astonishing career, spanning nearly eighty years in films, radio, television and the theatre." "For his entertaining, critical and widely researched book Jonathan Croall has talked in detail to more than a hundred  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Croall, Jonathan.
Gielgud.
New York : Continuum, 2001
(OCoLC)681049312
Named Person: John Gielgud; John Gielgud
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathan Croall
ISBN: 0826413331 9780826413338
OCLC Number: 45890506
Description: xii, 579 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Early Stages 1904-1929 --
A Terry Childhood --
Gielgud Minor --
Atkins, RADA and Playfair --
Oxford Apprenticeship --
Coward, Chekhov and Komisarjevsky --
Man about Town --
The Search for Stardom --
Mrs Pat and Lilian Baylis --
Lord of the West End 1929-1937 --
The Old Vic --
Matinee Idol --
Young Producer --
Richard of Bordeaux --
Hamlet --
Saint-Denis and The Seagull --
Enter Larry --
A Prince on Broadway --
Shakespeare in Peace and War 1937-1948 --
Actor-Manager --
Binkie, Earnest and Elsinore --
Barker and King Lear --
ENSA and Macbeth --
The Haymarket Season --
Travelling Player --
Rise and Fall 1948-1968 --
Rattigan, Fry and Burton --
Stratford and Peter Brook --
From Hollywood to Hammersmith --
Dark Days --
One Man and His Show --
Othello to Albee --
A Sense of Direction --
Indian Summer 1968-2000 --
Oedipus and Home --
Peter Hall and Pinter --
The Road to Brideshead --
Late Stages --
'Major Movie Star' --
Swan Songs.
Responsibility: Jonathan Croall.

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Based on interviews with over 100 friends and colleagues who worked with Gielgud, this biography covers Gielgud's childhood amongst his famous Terry relations, his early struggles as a young actor,  Read more...

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"Not so much an actor, as the actor." Kenneth Tynan

 
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