Letters from an Actor (Paperback)

Letters from an Actor By William Redfield, Sam Mendes (Foreword by), Adam Redfield (Afterword by) Cover Image
By William Redfield, Sam Mendes (Foreword by), Adam Redfield (Afterword by)
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The legendary 1964 Broadway run of Hamlet directed by John Gielgud is one of the most famous productions of Shakespeare's most important play. Audacious for its time in concept and execution, it placed the actors in everyday clothes within an unassuming "rehearsal" set, with the Ghost of Hamlet's father projected as a shadow against the rear wall and voiced by the director himself. It was also a runaway critical and financial success, breaking the then-record for most performances of a Broadway show. This was in no small part due to the starring role played by Richard Burton, whose romance with Elizabeth Taylor was the object of widespread fascination.

Present throughout, and ever attentive to the backstage drama and towering egos on display, was the actor William Redfield, who played Guildenstern. During the three months of the play's preparation, from rehearsals through out-of-town tryouts to the gala opening night on Broadway, Redfield wrote a series of letters describing the daily happenings and his impressions of them. In 1967, they were collected into Letters from an Actor, a brilliant and unusual book that has since become a classic behind-the-scenes account that remains an indispensable contribution to theatrical history and lore.

This new edition at last brings Redfield's classic back into print, as The Motive and the Cue--the Sam Mendes-directed play about the Gielgud production that is based in part on the book--continues its successful run in London's West End.

About the Author

William Redfield was a founding member of the Actors Studio who enjoyed an active career on stage and screen, including memorable roles in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and The Odd Couple. He died in 1976.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781493084609
ISBN-10: 1493084607
Publisher: Applause Books
Publication Date: March 5th, 2024
Pages: 264
Language: English
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