Gaining a view behind the scenes into the jobs and personalities of people who work in the theatre is a privilege afforded to few. This book grants that privilege to all its readers. Twenty-one highly respected backstage professionals are interviewed, from artistic director to wig maker, working in all kinds of theatres in Britain and the United States. Their stories inform and entertain as they describe what they do and how they got to do it. Their anecdotes and observations intrigue and amuse as they reminisce about working with people such as Alan Bennett, Judi Dench, Placido Domingo, Ian McKellen and Andrew Lloyd Webber, to name just a few. Whether you enjoy watching theatrical performances and want to know more about them, or you would like to work in the theatre, "Backstage Stories" is the book for you.
Barbara Baker is a full-time writer. Her six previous books include Chinese Ink, Western Pen: Stories of China, Let the Credits Roll: Interviews with Film Crew and Why We Garden: Stories of a British Obsession.
Acknowledgements; Introduction; Artistic Director and Actress - Martha Lavey; Body Control Instructor - Jane Paris; Casting Director - Joyce Nettles; Choreographer - Susan Stroman; Costume Designer - Paul Tazewell; Deputy Stage Manager - Andy Hall; Designer - Bob Crowley; Director - Sir Richard Eyre; Dramaturg - Anne Cattaneo; Dresser - Kate Slocombe; Fight Arranger - Terry King; Footwear and Stock Co-ordinator - Sara Wan; Flying Director - Ben Haynes; Head of Sound - Ian Dickinson; Lighting Designer - Paule Constable; Producer - David Ian; Production Manager - Andy Keogh; Prop-maker and Welder - Ewan Hunter; Stage Manager - Trish Montemuro; Voice/Speech/Dialect Coach - Deborah Hecht; Wig & Make-up Co-ordinator - Claudia Stolze; Index.