Theatrical Anecdotes

Theatrical Anecdotes

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At the first dress rehearsal of the revue "Sigh No More", a young actor sprang onto the stage as 4th Harlequin. He had obviously never worn tights before and didn't know what should go under them. Noel Coward whispered piercingly "For God's sake go and tell that man to take that Rockingham tea service out of his tights". At its best, (and perhaps more often at its worst), life in the theatre has provided us with some of the most hilarious, wicked, and interesting stories. In "Theatrical Anecdotes", drama teacher and critic Peter Hay has selected many of the best, listed under such headings as child actors, exit lines, nerves and many more. Richard Burton, Sir Ralph Richardson, Sir John Gielgud, Sir Alec Guiness, and Vivien Leigh are among the stars revealing the hilarious face behind the mask.show more

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  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 134.62 x 198.12 x 22.86mm | 362.87g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0195060784
  • 9780195060782

About Peter Hay

About the Author: Peter Hay, born in Budapest and educated at Oxford, has worked as dramaturge, critic, and editor in the Canadian and American theater. He now lives in Los Angeles where he has taught drama at the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of Southern California. His sixth and latest book, Broadway Anecdotes, is a companion to this volume.show more

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