"Stage Blood" Memoir by Tony-Winning Director Michael Blakemore Will Be Released Sept. 19

News   "Stage Blood" Memoir by Tony-Winning Director Michael Blakemore Will Be Released Sept. 19
"Stage Blood," a new memoir by Tony Award-winning director Michael Blakemore about his time at the National Theatre, will be released by Faber & Faber Plays Sept. 19.

Michael Blakemore
Michael Blakemore Photo by Michael O'Neill

Here's how Amazon describes the new hardcover book: "In 1971, Michael Blakemore joined the National Theatre as Associate Director under Laurence Olivier. The National, still based at the Old Vic, was at a moment of transition awaiting the move to its vast new home on the South Bank. Relying on generous subsidy, it would need an extensive network of supporters in high places. Olivier, a scrupulous and brilliant autocrat from a previous generation, was not the man to deal with these political ramifications. His tenure began to unravel and, behind his back, Peter Hall was appointed to replace him in 1973. As in other aspects of British life, the ethos of public service, which Olivier espoused, was in retreat. Having staged eight productions for the National, Blakemore found himself increasingly uncomfortable under Hall's regime. 'Stage Blood' is the candid and at times painfully funny story of the events that led to his dramatic exit in 1976. He recalls the theatrical triumphs and flops, his volatile relationship with Olivier including directing him in Long Day's Journey into Night, the extravagant dinners in Hall's Barbican flat with Harold Pinter, Jonathan Miller and the other associates, the opening of the new building, and Blakemore's brave and misrepresented decision to speak out. He would not return to the National for fifteen years."

Blakemore is a two-time Tony Award winner for his direction of Kiss Me, Kate and Copenhagen. He was also Tony-nominated for The Life, City of Angels, Lettice and Lovage, Noises Off and A Day in the Death of Joe Egg.

For more on his theatrical history, visit his page at the Playbill Vault.

Blakemore is also the author of "Arguments With England: A Memoir" and "Next Season."

To pre-order "Stage Blood," click here. For other theatrical merchandise, visit the Playbill Store.

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