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Coveney, Michael 1948-

Overview
Works: 31 works in 168 publications in 3 languages and 3,921 library holdings
Genres: Biographies  History  Pictorial works  Illustrated works 
Roles: Author, Contributor, Commentator, Editor
Classifications: PN2598.S55, 792.028092
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Michael Coveney
Maggie Smith : a biography by Michael Coveney( Book )

35 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,949 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"No one does glamour, severity, girlish charm or tight-lipped witticism better than Dame Maggie Smith. Michael Coveney's biography shines a light on the life and career of a truly remarkable performer, one whose stage and screen career spans six decades. From her days as a West End star of comedy and revue, Dame Maggie's path would cross with those of the greatest actors, playwrights and directors of the era. Whether stealing scenes from Richard Burton, answering back to Laurence Olivier, or playing opposite Judi Dench in Breath of Life, her career can be seen as a 'Who's Who' of British theatre. Her film and television career are just as starry. From the title character in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and the meddling chaperone in A Room With a View to the Harry Potter films in which she played Minerva McGonagall (as she put it 'Miss Jean Brodie in a wizard's hat') and the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel films in which she played the wise Muriel Donnelly, Smith has thrilled, engaged and made audiences laugh. As Violet Crawley, the formidable Dowager Countess of Downton Abbey she conquered millions more. Paradoxically she remains an enigmatic figure, rarely appearing in public. Michael Coveney's absorbing biography, written with the actress's blessing and drawing on personal archives, as well as interviews with immediate family and close friends, is a portrait of one of the greatest actors of our time"--
Maggie Smith : a biography by Michael Coveney( Recording )

16 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 343 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Michael Coveney shines a light on the life and career of a truly remarkable performer, one whose stage and screen career spans six decades. This biography, written with Maggie Smith's blessing and drawing on personal archives as well as interviews with immediate family and close friends, is a portrait of one of the greatest actors of our time
Maggie Smith : a bright particular star by Michael Coveney( Book )

7 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and held by 337 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The world according to Mike Leigh by Michael Coveney( Book )

21 editions published between 1996 and 2000 in English and Spanish and held by 330 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mike Leigh is widely recognised as one of the great mavericks and creative geniuses of British stage, cinema and television. Since his first film, Bleak Moments, burst on an unsuspecting public in 1971, he has produced a body of work that is idiosyncratic, controversial, often hilarious and always acutely sensitive to the human condition. Though many of Britain's finest actors are unforgettably associated with his work, for much of his career Leigh has had to struggle for recognition in the face of establishment hostility and suspicion. Above all, Leigh is famous for his unique method of working with actors to produce characters and a script which emerge from months of improvisations and rehearsals. The results are often extraordinary: comic, poignant, above all totally individual. Written with its subject's full cooperation, this book is the first major critical evaluation of Leigh's career.--From publisher description
The Citz : 21 years of the Glasgow Citizens Theatre by Michael Coveney( Book )

6 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 199 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cats on a chandelier : the Andrew Lloyd Webber story by Michael Coveney( Book )

4 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 131 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ken Campbell : the great caper, the authorised biography by Michael Coveney( Book )

3 editions published between 2011 and 2019 in English and held by 103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Theatre critic Michael Coveney was given unrestricted access to Campbell's letters, notebooks and original scripts. From these and from interviews with Campbell's many devoted/bemused collaborators, he has chronicled the life of the anarchic and uncompromising genius that was Ken Campbell. Alternately inspiring and jaw-dropping, The Great Caper is the story of a unique and inimitable talent in British theatre
Knight errant : memoirs of a vagabond actor by Robert Stephens( Book )

5 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 101 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

London theatres by Michael Coveney( Book )

10 editions published between 2017 and 2020 in English and held by 99 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"London is the theatre capital of the world. From world-famous musicals to West End shows, from cutting-edge plays to Shakespeare in its original staging, from outdoor performance to intimate fringe theatre, the range and quality is unsurpassed. Michael Coveney and Peter Dazeley invite you on a tour of the forty-six theatres that make London what it is, with stories of the architecture, the productions and the personalities that have defined each one. Sumptuous photographs by Peter Dazeley of the public areas, auditorium and backstage complete the picture"--Dust jacket
Questors, jesters and renegades : the story of Britain's amateur theatre by Michael Coveney( )

7 editions published in 2020 in English and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This is the vital story of the amateur theatre as it developed from the medieval guilds to the modern theatre of Ayckbourn and Pinter, with a few mishaps and missed cues along the way. Michael Coveney - a former member of Ilford's Renegades - tells this tale with a charm and wit that will have you shouting out for an encore. Between the two world wars, amateur theatre thrived across the UK, from Newcastle to Norwich, from Bolton to Birmingham and Bangor, championed by the likes of George Bernard Shaw, Sybil Thorndike, and J B Priestley. Often born out of a particular political cause or predicament, many of these theatres and companies continue to evolve, survive and even prosper today. This is the first account of its kind, packed with anecdote and previously unheard stories, and it shows how amateur theatre is more than a popular pastime: it has been endemic to the birth of the National Theatre, as well as a seedbed of talent and a fascinating barometer and product of the times in which we live. Some of the companies Coveney delves into - all taking centre stage in this entertaining and lively book - include the Questors and Tower Theatre in London; Birmingham's Crescent Theatre; The Little Theatre in Bolton, where Ian McKellen was a schoolboy participant; the Halifax Thespians; Lincolnshire's Broadbent Theatre, co-founded by Jim Broadbent's father and other conscientious objectors at the end of World War II; Crayford's Geoffrey Whitworth Theatre, where the careers of Michael Gambon and Diana Quick were launched; Anglesey's Theatr Fach, a crucible of Welsh language theatre; and Cornwall's stunning cliff-top Minack"--
The Andrew Lloyd Webber story by Michael Coveney( Book )

5 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 52 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Budgeting, planning and forecasting in uncertain times by Michael Coveney( Book )

11 editions published between 2014 and 2017 in English and held by 42 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Advises managers how to budget, plan and forecast during uncertain times. Looks at planning methods and models, describes how implement a planning framework, and investigates the latest developments in planning technologies
Ken Campbell by Michael Coveney( )

1 edition published in 2019 in English and held by 40 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The aisle is full of noises : a vivisection of the live theatre by Michael Coveney( Book )

3 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mei ying yu mao : luo yi- wei bo de cheng gong chuan qi by Ka fan ni( Book )

1 edition published in 2000 in Chinese and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

London's theatreland by Michael Coveney( Book )

3 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Theatre year : a selection of photographs by Donald Cooper( Book )

1 edition published in 1983 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Theatre year : a selection of photographs by Donald Cooper of productions in London and Stratford October 1979 to November 1980 by Donald Cooper( Book )

7 editions published between 1980 and 1984 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Maggie Smith : a bright peculiar star by Michael Coveney( )

2 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Richard Bean : plays 6 by Richard Bean( Book )

2 editions published in 2020 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pub Quiz Is Life: 'A despairing piece about modern Britain with uniformly delightful performances.' ' The Telegraph Pitcairn: 'Bean is nothing if not prolific and equally bold in his choice of subject matter.' ' The Stage Great Britain: 'Blessedly funny. Bracing topicality. Richard Bean doesn't do things by halves.' ' The Guardian The Nap: 'It boasts an ingenious plot and more one-liners than you'd find in a Bob Hope tribute act.' ' The Guardian Kiss Me: Audience reviews from Hampstead Theatre Downstairs production: 'what a powerful evening. Intense, humorous, touching, relevant.' ' @andrewdandrew 'beautifully intimate, funny, wistful portrayal of an unusual relationship. Can love be enough'' ' @lydiabakelmun
 
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The world according to Mike Leigh
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The Citz : 21 years of the Glasgow Citizens TheatreCats on a chandelier : the Andrew Lloyd Webber storyKen Campbell : the great caper, the authorised biographyThe Andrew Lloyd Webber story
Alternative Names
Coveney, Michael

Michael Coveney British theatre critic

Michael Coveney Brits journalist

Michael Coveney periodista británicu

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مايكل كوڤينى

Languages
English (144)

Spanish (4)

Chinese (1)