So You Want to be a Theatre Producer

So You Want to be a Theatre Producer

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By (author) James Seabright


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  • Publisher: NICK HERN BOOKS
  • Format: Paperback | 342 pages
  • Dimensions: 134mm x 212mm x 30mm | 440g
  • Publication date: 17 May 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1854595377
  • ISBN 13: 9781854595379
  • Sales rank: 172,343

Product description

Drawing on his own experiences as a producer of theatre productions at every level - from university, via the fringe, to the West End - James Seabright takes the rookie producer through every stage of the process: the development of an idea, raising the money and budgeting, negotiating rights, hiring a director and production team, marketing the show, rehearsals and on to opening night. Ideal for prospective and novice producers, or for anyone who's had a dream of getting a show on, this essential guide by an industry insider reveals everything you need to know to negotiate the right venue for the right price, who to approach when money's looking tight, and what to do if you get a bad review. The book also features a comprehensive appendix with sample contracts and letters of agreement, lists of key press contacts, rehearsal spaces and a sample marketing pack.

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Author information

James Seabright has produced and/or general managed a wide range of shows, with an emphasis on touring shows around the UK and internationally, as well as productions in various venues both on and off West End in London. He was named in 2008's Stage 100 list of leading figures involved with the Edinburgh fringe, and 2010's Stage 100 list of the most influential people in British theatre.

Review quote

"Essential reading for anyone contemplating a life in the theatre fast lane."-- Thelma Holt "A perfect handbook for beginners and a useful aide-memoire for those of us who've been at it for years."--Nicholas Allott, Managing Director, Cameron Mackintosh Ltd "At last, hundreds of students on arts management and administration courses have a comprehensive reference book. It proves a unique guide for anyone taking their first steps into the world of productions"--Anthony Field, "The Stage" "Yes! A good book on producing theatre, written by a successful theatre producer!...valuable insights on everything from the creative issues of coming up with the ideas and casting a show, through to tackling touring costs, insurance, marketing, PR and so forth...valuable information for anyone putting on a production of any scale in any setting."--"Total Theatre"