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There Is Nothing Like a Thane

There Is Nothing Like a Thane
Your Price: $14.95 CDN
Author: Clive Francis
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Format: Softcover
Pub. Date: 96
Edition: 2003
ISBN-10: 0312313799
ISBN-13: 9780312313791

About the Book:

RARE BOOK, only a very limited number of copies are still available.

There is Nothing Like a Thane!: The Lighter Side of Macbeth is a follow-up to Clive Francis' highly successful There is Nothing Like a Dane!: The Lighter Side of Hamlet.

There is Nothing Like a Thane is a hilarious compilation of unintentional funny moments from a variety of productions of Macbeth — interwoven with witty caricatures by Clive Francis of various members of the theatrical profession strutting their stuff. It also delves into the many superstitions, which have dogged the play since 1603, making it possibly the unluckiest play ever written.

We hear of how some actors fared better than others when playing the role of the MacBeth. If Ralph Richardson's was the worst, Peter O'Toole's was certainly the funniest. Olivier was deemed the greatest, John Gielgud the must successful, and Charles Laughton the silliest. We also hear from Orson Welles, David Garrick, Charles Dickens and William McGonagall — who refused to die for fear of upsetting his audience. Not to be outdone we shall hear from a number of Lady Macbeths as well, including Sybil Thorndike, who'd pray every night in the wings so as to ward away evil spirits.

This is a book for all those who love the theatre, especially the Bard.

About the Author:

Clive Francis is a British stage, television and film actor. He has made over a hundred television appearances and performed in a large number of shows in London's West End. He is also a noted caricaturist and has had several solo exhibitions including three at the National Theatre. His caricatures have appeared on the covers for books written by actor Alec Guinness and a biography of John Gielgud, and has had several books of his caricatures published, including There Is Nothing Like a Dane (Hamlet) and There Is Nothing Like a Thane (Macbeth).

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