Great Moments in the Theatre

Great Moments in the Theatre

by Benedict Nightingale
     
 

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‘A magnificently readable tour of theatrical history conducted by our best-informed living critic.’ Michael Billington


From 458 BC and the first performance of Aeschylus’ Oresteia on an Athenian hillside, to 2009 AD and Jez Butterworth’s astonishing Jerusalem at London’s Royal Court Theatre, here is an expert guide to the seminal,

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‘A magnificently readable tour of theatrical history conducted by our best-informed living critic.’ Michael Billington


From 458 BC and the first performance of Aeschylus’ Oresteia on an Athenian hillside, to 2009 AD and Jez Butterworth’s astonishing Jerusalem at London’s Royal Court Theatre, here is an expert guide to the seminal, pivotal, and transcendent moments in theatre history.


‘Benedict is one of the freshest and most vivid writers on theatre.’ Janet Suzman


‘Benedict has been the leading theatre critic of his generation and has written for The Times for twenty years, setting the standard by which the great performances and productions are judged. People onstage, backstage and in the audience have come to trust his every observation and judgement delivered with style, humour and passion.’ James Harding, Editor, The Times

‘Benedict Nightingale’s characteristically witty, insightful and enthusiastic reports make you wish you’d been sitting next to him during his greatest moments in the theatre.’ Ian McKellen


‘I’ve known Benedict Nightingale for more than fifty years over which time he has become one of the Theatre’s most distinguished and influential commentators. He writes with style, perspective and wit, and with a deep knowledge of his subject. In turn he is greatly admired by the theatre profession and, as importantly, by his readers and the audiences who trust the fairness of his opinions.’ Sir Peter Hall

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times - Jason Zinoman
…Mr. Nightingale puts an engaging spin on one of the dreariest genres: the chronological history of the Western stage. Instead of dryly focusing on plays or writers, he writes like an on-the-ground reporter, covering specific performances…this book is more a theater lover's journal than a history lesson…I find it delightful, even inspiring, to read Mr. Nightingale discussing Shakespeare revivals with the argumentativeness of sports talk radio.
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"A lively book... a convincing argument for the importance of a long life in theater criticism....In capturing the thrill of seeing a theatrical event, Mr. Nightingale writes like someone who doesn’t just have a responsibility to his readers but also (in an unconventional way) to history." — New York Times

"Benedict Nightingale's characteristically witty, insightful and enthusiastic reports make you wish you'd been sitting next to him during his greatest moments in the theatre." — Ian McKellen

"A magnificently readable tour of theatrical history conducted by our best-informed living critic." — Michael Billington, Guardian

"I've known Benedict Nightingale for more than fifty years over which time he has become one of the Theatre's most distinguished and influential commentators. He writes with style, perspective and wit, and with a deep knowledge of his subject. In turn he is greatly admired by the theatre profession and, as importantly, by his readers and the audiences who trust the fairness of his opinions." —Sir Peter Hall

"Gloriously readable and vivid... painstakingly researched... It is the perfect stocking filler for all drama buffs." – Stage

"Nightingale is erudite, affable and has a deep knowledge and love of his subject. That becomes apparent early on in this delightful collection of essays… always smooth and readable, it is great to have the chance to share the enjoyment of a man who knows so much about theatre … should be on the reading and gift lists of everybody with any kind of love for the stage." – British Theatre Guide

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781849437448
Publisher:
OBERON BOOKS Ltd
Publication date:
11/01/2012
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
File size:
1 MB

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"Benedict Nightingale's characteristically witty, insightful and enthusiastic reports make you wish you'd been sitting next to him during his greatest moments in the theatre." — Ian McKellen

"A magnificently readable tour of theatrical history conducted by our best-informed living critic." — Michael Billington, Guardian

"I've known Benedict Nightingale for more than fifty years over which time he has become one of the Theatre's most distinguished and influential commentators. He writes with style, perspective and wit, and with a deep knowledge of his subject. In turn he is greatly admired by the theatre profession and, as importantly, by his readers and the audiences who trust the fairness of his opinions." —Sir Peter Hall

"Gloriously readable and vivid... painstakingly researched... It is the perfect stocking filler for all drama buffs." – Stage

"Nightingale is erudite, affable and has a deep knowledge and love of his subject. That becomes apparent early on in this delightful collection of essays… always smooth and readable, it is great to have the chance to share the enjoyment of a man who knows so much about theatre … should be on the reading and gift lists of everybody with any kind of love for the stage." – British Theatre Guide

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