Jonathan Croall’s new collection of theatre journalism offers an insider’s view of the rich variety of productions, projects and ideas developed at the National Theatre and the Old Vic.
With unique access to rehearsals, the widely respected theatre historian and biographer here brings his keen, observant eye to the creative work of many stars, including Kevin Spacey, Lesley Manville, Tim Pigott-Smith and Diana Rigg, and the different methods of directors such as Peter Hall, Howard Davies, Alan Ayckbourn, and the legendary Robert Altman.
Covering Shakespeare, classic and modern plays, musicals and adaptations, pantomimes and children’s theatre, Closely Observed Theatre underlines the rich and imaginative work emanating from two of the world’s great theatres, and elsewhere. It includes interviews with Rufus Norris and Trevor Nunn, Rik Mayall and Slava the clown, Caryl Churchill and Ian McKellen.
Jonathan Croall also discusses with a range of theatre practitioners their ideas about women directors, theatre-in-the-round, music theatre, community plays, and working in an ensemble.