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Theatreland: A Journey Through the Heart of London's Theatre Hardcover – July 1, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-1847250032 ISBN-10: 1847250033 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic; 1 edition (July 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847250033
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847250032
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,068,499 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A wonderful book! Paul Ibell informs as well as entertains. In this insiders guide, he takes us through the stage door and into the magical world of Theatreland. Its cavalcade of actors, playwrights, producers, agents, dancers and choreographers it is a must-have for anyone whose heart beats faster as the overture starts or the curtain rises...'
Gyles Brandreth


'A treat! ... Guaranteed to provide sensational interval conversation ... In this warmly witty and informative tour-guide of a book, Ibell weaves together colourful tidbits about the London stage ... A great present.' - What's On Stage
(Laura Silverman)

Listed in History Today's June 29th book blog entry.


'[Theatreland's] fascinating chapters with stories of the past and present of our theatres, actors producers and playwrights make it essential and pleasurable reading for all theatregoers.' - Barbican Life


'Lucid and worthwhile ... the chapter about the nuts and bolts ofproduction ... explains precisely the role of each key creative in theprocess ... a good chapter on significant West End women, from GladysCooper to Nica Burns.' -The Stage

'This remarkable book provides a series of snapshots of such a wide variety of activities and people that it has to be read to be fully appreciated.' - Theatres Magazine


'We are given vibrant glimpses of memorable behind the scenes moments of great dramatic and musical productions, and insights into the lives of a host of actors, playwrights and producers. The book is not only rich in nostalgic memories but an informative guide to trends in the theatre today ... If you love the theatre, and if you love London, do buy, beg or borrow this intriguing book.' - This England


Briefly reviewed in the Year's work in English Studies journal, vol 89, No. 1 'Charting the history of London's Theatreland, from the Elizabethan period to the present day, there are a number of areas of interest to those who study the theatre of the first half of the twentieth century'


'A treat! ... Guaranteed to provide sensational interval conversation ... In this warmly witty and informative tour-guide of a book, Ibell weaves together colourful tidbits about the London stage ... A great present.' - What's On Stage
(Sanford Lakoff)

Briefly reviewed in the Year’s work in English Studies journal, vol 89, No. 1 'Charting the history of London’s Theatreland, from the Elizabethan period to the present day, there are a number of areas of interest to those who study the theatre of the first half of the twentieth century’

About the Author

Paul Ibell is a writer and lecturer specialising in theatre. He lectures at the National Portrait Gallery and was a member of the Dance Panel of the Society of London Theatre's Olivier Awards in 2006 and 2007.

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For most people, and insight into the closed world of the West End is impossible. This books provides access to insider knowledge - historical anecdotes, personal knowledge of how plays and production work, the general culture of people who work and live in theatreland. It provides an insightful look at the miniature cosmos of actors, critics, producers, stagehands and audiences. An entertaining and informative read, and very unique -- I can't think of another book that offers such well-rounded perspective on the fascinating world of London theatre. Well recommended!
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A very good book which focuses on buildings as well as personalities in London's Theatreland. Fans of Ethan Mordden's Broadway surveys and theatre fanatics in general will find much to enjoy.
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