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Being An Actor
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  • Published: 3 January 2005
  • ISBN: 9780099471950
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $24.99

Being An Actor


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Completely revised and expanded with entirely new material detailing Callow's relationship with the theatre in the twenty years since BEING AN ACTOR first appeared.

Few actors are more eloquent, honest or entertaining about their life and their profession than Simon Callow. Being an Actor traces his stage journey from the letter he wrote to Laurence Olivier that led him to his first job, to his triumph as Mozart in the original production of Amadeus. This new edition continues to tell the story of his past two decades onstage. Callow discusses his occasionally ambivalent yet always passionate feelings about both film and theatre, conflicting sentiments partially resolved by his acclaimed return to the stage with his solo performances in The Importance of Being Oscar and The Mystery of Charles Dickens, seen in the West End and on Broadway in 2002. BEING AN ACTOR is a guide not only to the profession but also to the intricacies of the art, told with wit, candour, and irrepressible verve by one if the great figures of the stage.

  • Pub date: 3 January 2005
  • ISBN: 9780099471950
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $24.99

About the Author

Simon Callow

Simon Callow is an actor, director and writer. He has appeared on the stage and in many films, including the hugely popular Four Weddings and a Funeral. His books include Being an Actor, Shooting the Actor, Love is Where it Falls, the first two volumes of his four-volume life of Orson Welles, his theatrical memoir My Life in Pieces, and, most recently, the highly acclaimed Charles Dickens and the Great Theatre of the World.

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Praise for Being An Actor

“Pugnaciously candid-His book is a unique account of an actor's life”

Guardian

“The most honest book ever written about us all”

Sir Ian McKellen

“A very important book about our work”

Peter Brook

“Impassioned, intelligent, informative, and quite simply one of the best theatre books I have read”

Financial Times


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