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Putting it On: The West End Theatre of Michael Codron

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Putting it On: The West End Theatre of Michael Codron

Michael Codron and Alan Strachan

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ISBN 13: 9781590204832
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Hardcover
Overlook
8/18/11

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Michael Codron is undoubtedly the leading producer of postwar British theater. Still active after an astonishing half-century in the industry Codron produced Broadway classics such as Noises Off and Copenhagen. Describing himself as “a man of vulgar taste with an impeccable streak,” he has had many hits with lighter entertainment as well as serious plays.


Codron’s resume reads like a concise history of the post-war stage, and the book examines the sea changes in the commercial sector and the rise of the subsidized theater, revealing, too, what it was like working with the greatest actors of our time, including Alec Guinness, Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, and Julie Walters. The fascinating insight into the victorious ups and hair-raising downs of the theater, Putting it On is a testament to an extraordinary career, dramatic in every sense of the word, and unlikely to be paralleled in our time.



MICHAEL CODRON has produced around one hundred and thirty West End shows. He is administrator of the Aldwych Theatre and a Cameron Macintosh Professor of Contemporary Theatre at Oxford, and was appointed CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire). He lives in London.

Praise for Putting It On:

"More than 50 years ago, Codron began a career as a producer that would take him to almost every major theater and involve most major actors of the London stage. Thankfully, his book, written with Strachan (Secret Dreams: A Biography of Michael Redgrave), does not read as a who's who but is rather an in-depth look at what it takes to bring printed words to life on a stage. Perhaps most fascinating to many readers will be Codron's work with playwrights Tom Stoppard (The Real Thing), Simon Gray (Otherwise Engaged; Butley), and Michael Frayn (Noises Off; Copenhagen). Stories of such famed actors as Diana Rigg, Alec Guinness, Maggie Smith, and Peter O'Toole add to the enjoyment. The book is well indexed and includes minimally effective black-and-white photos. A full listing of Codron's productions by year--with the play's name, where it opened, and playwright--add much value. This book will be enjoyed by attendees and lovers of the theater. Theater historians will also benefit." --Library Journal



ALAN STRACHAN is a noted theater director and has written extensively on theater and acting for newspapers and magazines. He is also the author of Secret Dreams: A Biography of Michael Redgrave.

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