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ISBN: 9781408105207 - Buzz Buzz! Playwrights, Actors and Directors at the National Theatre
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Buzz Buzz! Playwrights, Actors and Directors at the National Theatre

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Jonathan Croall

ISBN: 9781408105207
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Methuen Drama

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How did Simon Russell Beale and Anne-Marie Duff get inside the minds of Hamlet and Saint Joan? Why did Tom Stoppard create three plays for The Coast of Utopia instead of one? What lay behind Katie Mitchell's controversial re-working of Strindberg? How did Harold Pinter go about adapting Proust for the stage?

For the answers to these and scores of other key questions, Buzz Buzz! is the perfect guide…






Containing over a hundred interviews conducted over the last fifteen years with leading directors, actors and writers at the National Theatre, Buzz Buzz! is a fantastic compendium that offers unrivalled insight into the work and practice of the best theatre talent. In these illuminating interviews playwrights such as Michael Frayn, Kwame Kwei-Armah, Rebecca Lenkiewicz, David Hare, Pam Gems and Tony Kushner and many others talk about the roots of their work, their methods of research, and how they collaborate with their directors, while actors from Fiona Shaw to Kenneth Branagh, and directors from Peter Hall to Marianne Elliott, contribute fascinating insights into their ideas and ways of working. The book covers plays by the Greeks and Shakespeare, English and European classics, and the best of modern English, Irish and American drama. Theatre writer and commentator Jonathan Croall draws on the vast wealth of interviews he's conducted at the National Theatre in this fascinating and wide-ranging book.

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