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Being an Actor

Being an Actor
Your Price: $21.00 CDN
Author: Simon Callow
Publisher: Picador
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 368
Pub. Date: 2003
Edition: Revised and expanded
ISBN-10: 0312422431
ISBN-13: 9780312422431

About the Book:

A new edition of Being an Actor, the classic book for actors starting their careers, with new material.

Few 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 theatre.

Beginning with the letter to Laurence Olivier that produced his first theatrical job to his triumph as Mozart in the original production of Amadeus, Simon Callow takes you with him on his progress through England's rich and demanding theatre: his training at London's famed Drama Centre, his grim and glorious apprenticeship in the provincial theatre, his breakthrough at the Joint Stock Company, and then success at Olivier's National Theatre are among the way stations.

In Being an Actor acclaimed actor Simon 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.

What people say:

"Callow is not simply a terrific actor who happens to write - you could as well call him a terrific writer who happens to act." — The Times (London)

"The most honest book ever written about us all." — Sir Ian McKellen

"Impassioned, intelligent, informative, and quite simply, one of the best theatre books I have read." — The Financial Times (London)

"Pugnaciously candid... His book is a unique account of an actor's life in mid-career." — The Guardian (London)

About the Author:

Simon Callow is an English actor, musician, writer, and theatre director. He has appeared widely on stage, television and in films, and is best known for the highly successful films Four Weddings and a Funeral and Shakespeare in Love, as well as his many starring roles in the West End and at the National Theatre. He has directed drama, musicals and comedy, and has written several books on actors and acting. He lives in London, England.