Covering McKellen: An Understudy's Tale PDF/EPUB ☆


Covering McKellen: An Understudy's Tale [PDF] ✈ Covering McKellen: An Understudy's Tale ✍ David Weston – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Punctuated with hilarious celebtiry anecdotes, insightful travelling tales, and lessons for any aspiring thespian, David Weston deftly lifts the curtain on the Royal Shakepeare Company s King Lear tou Punctuated with hilarious celebtiry anecdotes, insightful travelling tales, An Understudy's PDF/EPUB å and lessons for any aspiring thespian, David Weston deftly lifts the curtain on the Royal Shakepeare Company s King Lear tour and reveals the chaos underneath.


10 thoughts on “Covering McKellen: An Understudy's Tale

  1. Simon Simon says:

    It s cranky and mostly readable at the same time, but ultimately fails to offer what I would think could have been an obvious goal a glimpse into how McKellan put together his performance as Lear Instead, you get a lot about Weston and Mrs Weston who appears to be a real pip I d like to travel with her on tour, she gets airline seating upgrades with a dexterity that made me envious touring museums and eating really good dinners in Singapore, which is nice for them and kind of boring for It s cranky and mostly readable at the same time, but ultimately fails to offer what I would think could have been an obvious goal a glimpse into how McKellan put together his performance as Lear Instead, you get a lot about Weston and Mrs Weston who appears to be a real pip I d like to travel with her on tour, she gets airline seating upgrades with a dexterity that made me envious touring museums and eating really good dinners in Singapore, which is nice for them and kind of boring for us Weston tries to be phlegmatic about the fact that his early successes didn t lead to a better career, but bitterness is constantly breaking through Fair enough no one wants to have a life in the theatre that affords few chances to play the big roles But he doesn t really dish the dirt on what the younger actors in the company do that annoys either McKellan or Weston all that much Regan overacts How Meanwhile, McKellan and Trevor Nunn are crafting what most critics agree was a towering performance in the title role, and Weston is nattering on about everything else.A better intro to this kind of thing is the diary kept by a company member during Gielgud s production of Hamlet with Burton during the 1960s.I work as a theatre director, and have done so for nearly all of my life, and I am in touch with the idea that we don t always get the professional career we want But if you are lucky enough to work with Ian McKellan and Trevor Nunn, is it too much to ask that you tell usabout them, and have a bit less kvetching


  2. Anna Anna says:

    overall this was such a great insight into this world and a delight to read occasionally some remarks were a little old white male, just at the end I was struck by the thought that perhaps David even voted leave horrors but as I say I really enjoyed reading it and loved being taken backstage as well as a book about theatre there was almost a travel book here too as the play went on its world tour.


  3. Diana Sandberg Diana Sandberg says:

    I really enjoyed this one A very engaging journey in journal form from casting through rehearsals to a world tour of Trevor Nunn s production of King Lear, with Ian McKellen in the title role Our narrator, David Weston, is an old hand he s nearly 70 and has been an actor from his youth , and is playing the small role of The Gentleman while understudying McKellen Snags, anxieties, triumphs, quarrels, romances and tedium, it s all unblinkingly here Well, it s possible he blinked a few times I really enjoyed this one A very engaging journey in journal form from casting through rehearsals to a world tour of Trevor Nunn s production of King Lear, with Ian McKellen in the title role Our narrator, David Weston, is an old hand he s nearly 70 and has been an actor from his youth , and is playing the small role of The Gentleman while understudying McKellen Snags, anxieties, triumphs, quarrels, romances and tedium, it s all unblinkingly here Well, it s possible he blinked a few times Anecdotes about the people Weston is working with, and about others he s worked with, are abundant, but it doesn t come across as either bragging or cattiness His impressions of the places they travel to, and of the shifting alliances and enmities in the company, are thoughtful, personal, and often witty his admiration for Nunn and for McKellen does not falter His own anxieties about his aging and his career ring very true, and his strong attachment to his wife and family shines through his very British understatement Recommended


  4. Lin Kat Lin Kat says:

    An absolute must read if you work in the industry Funny enough I read this book about Ian McKellen playing King Lear while working on King Lear with Ian McKellen 11 years after the production in the book Made me realize that Mundys production was way better.


  5. Ewan Somers Ewan Somers says:

    Compelling reading but feels slightly sleazy and somewhat at odds with his apparent beliefs of loyalty to the play, the production, your fellow actors and your audience.


  6. Claire Eden Claire Eden says:

    Fantastic insight into the unsung heroes of a touring company


  7. Oolookitty Oolookitty says:

    Giving it three stars because I love backstage looks at the theater, but honestly this writer s cranky attitude and constant air of annoyance at pretty much everything gets old fast He has a bone to pick with Americans, who annoy him somehow by coming to London and seeing his plays and with the younger members of his company, who don t pull together like a real company He doesn t try to set a good example by SHOWING them, hey, this is how members of a company act instead, he chooses to r Giving it three stars because I love backstage looks at the theater, but honestly this writer s cranky attitude and constant air of annoyance at pretty much everything gets old fast He has a bone to pick with Americans, who annoy him somehow by coming to London and seeing his plays and with the younger members of his company, who don t pull together like a real company He doesn t try to set a good example by SHOWING them, hey, this is how members of a company act instead, he chooses to refuse to go on company outings, for instance, and gives off an air of being too good for the room when he heads off on his own And he s a snob when it suits him, referring for instance to David Tennant s stellar HAMLET as Doctor Who s Hamlet , but he s quick to put himself forward for a role in Jude Law s er, Doctor Watson s Hamlet when he gets the chance.Really wanted to like this, but wound up hoping never to see this guy in a play because he d probably resent my being there in the first place


  8. Duncan Maccoll Duncan Maccoll says:

    I loved this book It is the story of an actor from the beginning of rehearsals to the end of a world tour, fantastic Great insight into how a play is put together, performed and the operation of a tour Actor David Weston s book Covering McKellen about working as an understudy to Sir Ian McKellen at the RSC has won the 2012 Theatre Book Prize from the Society for Theatre Research The prize was awarded by actor Zo Wanamaker in the grand saloon of the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on 25 April to a I loved this book It is the story of an actor from the beginning of rehearsals to the end of a world tour, fantastic Great insight into how a play is put together, performed and the operation of a tour Actor David Weston s book Covering McKellen about working as an understudy to Sir Ian McKellen at the RSC has won the 2012 Theatre Book Prize from the Society for Theatre Research The prize was awarded by actor Zo Wanamaker in the grand saloon of the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on 25 April to a nonplussed Weston, taking time out to receive his prize from rehearsals for All Good Men by Trevor Griffiths, which opens at the Finborough Theatre on 29 April


  9. Peter Dunn Peter Dunn says:

    I picked this up simply because I had seen, and very much enjoyed, McKellen s Lear I expected nothan a few actory stories, and perhaps an insider view on the controversial decision delay the first press night following an injury to Frances Barber However I got ratherthan I expected While not, and never pretending to be, the world s greatest piece of literature Weston s diary provides an amazingly frank inside story of what he describes as a very, very unhappy theatre company.


  10. Colin McPhillamy Colin McPhillamy says:

    An account told with welcome candor of what the backstage of a world theatrical tour can be Veteran actor David Weston has reached the age and means where he can tell truth with impunity, a quality not always present in theatrical biographies His respect for McKellen never falters, but he gives a detailed account of the tensions that can run through a company on the road, and incidentally graces the pages with his love of soccer For theatre fans this is a must read.


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