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LET ME PLAY THE LION TOO: How to be an Actor
Bibliophile price: £6.00
Recently a triumphant King Lear in New York, Michael Pennington has been a leading actor for 50 years in the RSC and English Shakespeare Company and played leading roles plus solo shows on Shakespeare and Chekov throughout the world. Here is his highly personal guide and memoir on rehearsals, television then and now, soap operas, on who does what on a film set, on the disciplines and rewards of musical theatre, and five directors discuss why the scenery is better on radio. He writes evocatively of the 'nauseated fear' of first nights and the melancholia of last nights when the set is dismantled in his amusing, thoughtful and theoretical remarks on the craft of acting. What are the effects of touring on your private life? What about explicit love scenes? Can you have a glass of wine before a matinée? What's the difference between transitive and intransitive corpsing? There's a meeting with Robert de Niro and an idiosyncratic A-Z covers everything from Availability to Make-Up, from Professional Jealousy to Understudying, from Voice Overs to Zhoozh. Infectiously enthusiastic and conversational, a big paperback of 422pp.

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