London is the undisputed 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 are unsurpassed.
Leading drama critic Michael Coveney invites you on a tour of more than 50 theatres that make the London stage what it is. With stories of the architecture, the people and the productions which have defined each one, alongside sumptuous photographs by Peter Dazeley of the auditoriums, public and backstage areas, this illustrated overview of London's theatres is a book like no other. A must for fans of the stage!
Praise for the first edition:
'This coffee table whopper ... dazzles' Spectator
'London Theatres ... will surely feature on any theatre buff's present list' Sightlines
New chapters included in the second edition:
Victoria Palace Theatre; The Bridge Theatre; Menier Chocolate Factory; Hampstead Theatre; Sondheim Theatre (formerly Queen's Theatre); Harold Pinter Theatre, Noel Coward Theatre; Aldwych Theatre; Garrick Theatre; Vaudeville Theatre; Phoenix Theatre
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
Number of pages: 288
Dimensions: 305 x 237 mm
"According to the recently published new edition of Michael Coveney and Peter Dazeley's seriously splendid book London Theatres, we're promised massively enhanced technical facilities at Drury Lane, not least the ability to transform the auditorium into a 2,000-seat in-the-round space. Its Regency splendour restored, tiered levels of seating curved and the stalls seats brought forward for greater intimacy, the building's every space within and without has been transformed. Coveney's text is shot through with historical detail but his commentary is, above all, a labour of love, while Dazeley's exquisitely evocative photographs of these pleasure palaces are frankly ravishing. Unless you happen to own one or more of these architectural jewels, you'll never have the opportunity to see them in such glorious, glowing detail. Since we currently can't enjoy them in person, get your hands on a copy and revel in what awaits us when theatre returns."-- David Benedict * The Stage *
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