Sam Wanamaker: A Global Performer

Sam Wanamaker: A Global Performer

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Actor. Director. Visionary.

Sam Wanamaker (1909 - 1993) is best known as the man who spent the last twenty-five years of his life campaigning to reconstruct Shakespeare's Globe near its original site in London.

Born in the USA, he trained as an actor in Chicago and began his career during the golden age of radio drama, before moving on to Broadway. A vocal left wing activist, Wanamaker moved to the UK during the turbulent era of the anti-Communist witch hunts. Having crossed the Atlantic, he carved a successful international career as actor, producer and director. He directed the opening production at the Sydney Opera House.

With his staunch sense of purpose, he made as many enemies as friends: charismatic and persuasive, he was also stubborn and domineering. But above all, he was a man of great vision, and it was that vision that inspired many to help make his dream of Shakespeare's Globe come into being, which opened to much fanfare in 1997

The fascinating life of Sam Wanamaker is explored for the first time in this biography by Diana Devlin, who worked closely with Wanamaker during the last twenty years of his life.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 360 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 30.48mm | 521.63g
  • Oberon Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1786827093
  • 9781786827098
  • 1,380,387

Review quote

'A fascinating read about an inspirational figure who left a tangible mark on the landscape of British theatre.' --Nicholas Hytner
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About Diana Devlin

Diana Devlin read English at Cambridge University and gained her doctorate in Theatre Arts on a Fulbright Scholarship at the University of Minnesota. She has taught in numerous colleges and universities in the UK and USA including The Colorado College, Goldsmiths' College, Central School, RADA, and Webber-Douglas. She has been involved in Shakespeare's Globe for many years and is now a Trustee. Diana has written several books and many articles and reviews.
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