"Playing Lear" Tome Available in U.K. Bookstores

News   "Playing Lear" Tome Available in U.K. Bookstores Nick Hern Books will publish "Playing Lear" by Oliver Ford Davies, a unique insight into Shakespeare's most monumentally complex character and the play that bears his name.

The genesis for Playing Lear came when Oliver Ford Davies was asked to play Lear for the Almeida Theatre in 2002. The book is both an in-depth analysis of the play, in which the author looks at the many possible interpretations of both play and character, and a rehearsal diary in which readers readers share the author's personal journey with the role, starting with his re-examination of the text and going through to the first night performance and beyond. Illustrated with 16 pages of production photographs, "Playing Lear" is a fascinating backstage (and onstage) record of one of the theatrical highlights of last year, and is available "from all good bookshops" at £14.99. The National Theatre bookshop is, not surprisingly, very well stocked and would be an ideal place to get a copy, but you can also order via the publishing company's website: www.nickhernbooks.co.uk.