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Book – Joan’s Book – The Autobiography Of Joan Littlewood

front cover of Joan's BookJoan’s Book – The Autobiography Of Joan Littlewood 4th Edition Introduction by Philip Hedley
Published by Bloomsbury

From the publishers:

Along with Peter Brook, Joan Littlewood, affectionately termed “The Mother of Modern Theatre”, has come to be known as the most galvanising director of mid-twentieth-century Britain, as well as a founder of so many of the practices of contemporary theatre.  The best-known work of Littlewood’s company, Theatre Workshop, included the development and premieres of Shelagh Delaney’s A Taste Of Honey, Brendan Behan’s The Quare Fellow and The Hostage, and the seminal Oh What A Lovely War.

This autobiography, originally published in 1994, offers an unparalleled first-hand account of Littlewood’s extraordinary life and career, from illegitimate child in south-east London to one of the most influential directors and practitioners of our times.  It is published along with an introduction by Philip Hedley CBE, previously Artistic Director of Theatre Royal Stratford East and Assistant Director to Joan Littlwood.

“Once upon a time, the London theatre was a charming mirror help up to cosiness.  The came Joan Littlewood, smashing the glass, blasting the walls, letting the wind of life blow in a rough, but ready, world.  Today, we remember this irresistible force with love and gratitude.”  Peter Brook

“Joan [Littlewood] was a revolutionary and a visionary.  She changed the course of British theatre.  She opened the doors to a different breed of actor.”  Sheila Hancock

“Others write plays, direct them or act in them: [Joan Littlewood] alone ‘makes theatre’.”  Kenneth Tynan

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