Power play

Power play

Stage Blood: Five Tempestuous Years in the Early Life of the National Theatre

by Michael Blakemore

Faber and Faber, $39.99 hb, 367 pp, 9780571241378

Brian McFarlane

Brian McFarlane

Brian McFarlane has had three overlapping careers, as teacher, academic, and writer. He is the author or editor of over twenty books

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Anyone lucky enough to have read Arguments with England (2004), the first volume of Michael Blakemore’s memoirs, will be eager to read the second, Stage Blood, in which he traces the tumultuous history of his years at London’s National Theatre. Further, anyone as lucky as I was to see such productions of his as Long Day’s Journey into Night in 1971 will be agog to read the new book in the hope of insights about their genesis. Such people will not be disappointed.

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Published in February 2014 no. 358

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