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Being an Actor (Paperback)

By Callow, Simon

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A new edition of the classic book for actors starting their careers, with new material. Callow provides a guide not only to the actor's profession but also to the intricacies of his art, from unemployment to the last night of a long run.

ISBN 9780312422431
Published 23 August 2003 by St Martin's Press
Format Paperback
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ISBN-13 9780312422431
ISBN-10 0312422431
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher St Martin's Press
Imprint St Martin's Press
Publication Date 23 August 2003
Publication Country United States United States
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Callow, Simon
Category Acting Techniques
Biography & Autobiography
Number of Pages 368
Dimensions Width: 133mm
Height: 210mm
Spine: 32mm
Weight 336g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Actors - Great Britain - Biography.
NBS Text Biography: The Arts
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code B
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

A new edition of the classic book for actors starting their careers, with new materialFew actors have ever been more eloquent, more honest, or more entertaining about their life and their profession than Simon Callow, one of the finest actors of his time and increasingly one of the most admired writers about the theater.Beginning with the letter to Laurence Olivier that produced his first theatrical job to his triumph as Mozart in the original production of Amadeus, Callow takes us with him on his progress through England's rich and demanding theater: his training at London's famed Drama Centre, his grim and glorious apprenticeship in the provincial theater, his breakthrough at the Joint Stock Company, and then success at Olivier's National Theatre are among the way stations.Callow provides a guide not only to the actor's profession but also to the intricacies of his art, from unemployment-- the primeval slime from which all actors emerge and to which, inevitably, they return --to the last night of a long run.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review The most honest book ever written about us all. --Sir Ian McKellen The best picture of theatre life since MacLiammoir's classic All for Hecuba. --Ulick O'Connor, The Sunday Independent (London) Impassioned, intelligent, informative, and quite simply, one of the best theatre books I have read. --Michael Coveney, The Financial Times (London) Pugnaciously candid...His book is a unique account of an actor's life in mid-career. --Michael Billington, The Guardian (London)

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Author's Bio

In addition to his distinguished career in the theater, Simon Callow has appeared in the films Amadeus, A Room with A View, and Four Weddings and a Funeral. He is also the author of Charles Laughton: A Difficult Actor, Shooting the Actor, and Orson Welles. He lives in London, England.

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