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Theatre Craft

A Director's Practical Companion from A-Z

John Caird

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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ISBN10: 0571237371
ISBN13: 9780571237371

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816 Pages


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Theatre Craft is an all-encompassing practical guide for anyone working in the theatre, from the enthusiastic amateur to the committed professional. With entries arranged alphabetically, Theatre Craft offers advice on all areas of directing, from Acting, Adaptation, and Accent to Sound Effects, Superstition, Trap Doors, and Wardrobe.

Enlightening and entertaining by turns, the celebrated director John Caird, honorary associate director for the Royal Shakespeare Company, shares his profound knowledge and wealth of international experience to provide an invaluable companion for anyone creating any size of play, musical, or opera—from the back room of a bar to a full-scale production on Broadway. This is required reading for the modern theatre practitioner.


Praise for Theatre Craft

"Caird's witty, no-nonsense approach to theatre is totally refreshing . . . playwrights will find this book inspiring."—Timberlake Wertenbaker

"John Caird's book is ample evidence of his skill, sensitivity, and good humour. Every young director should have a copy to hand."—Simon Russell Beale

"John Caird is the most generous of mentors—delightful and delighted by the people around him. A director gifted with musicality, rigour, wit, and good grace."—Fiona Shaw

"Caird understands actors and he respects playwrights and he knows how to bring them together. He is a clever and humane director with an enviable lightness of touch. He brings out the best in people and he knows what works."—Charlotte Jones

"This book is written with such humour and common sense that I may have to carry it around with me all the time."—Judi Dench

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About the author

John Caird

John Caird has directed and adapted countless productions of plays, operas, and musicals for London's National Theatre, in the West End, on Broadway, and for the Royal Shakespeare Company—from Les Misérables and Nicholas Nickleby to Hamlet and Peter Pan.

John Caird

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