JOHN GIELGUD DIRECTS RICHARD BURTON IN HAMLET by Richard L. Sterne

JOHN GIELGUD DIRECTS RICHARD BURTON IN HAMLET

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Certainly one of the most written about productions to cross the boards (William Redfield's Letters From An Actor) this book by a very young member of the cast had its genesis in a most unusual way. Unbeknownst to the others, Mr. Sterne was not only taking notes, he had a tape recorder in the suitcase that mysteriously accompanied him to each rehearsal. And Sir John would have been even more shocked to know that Mr. Sterne and recorder were tucked away under the rehearsal platform during ""closed"" sessions. Anyway, here is a chance to tune into drama-in-the-making from blocking to official opening as Sir John (who never needed a script) cues, prompts, interprets and exhorts and Burton learns to tone down his shouts and temper his vitality. Also included is the complete property script and since all's well that ends well, Sir John and Richard, upon learning of the subterfuge of their young cohort, agreed to interviews. Subject? Hamlet, and this will best serve as a handbook on the play for students and future directors.

Pub Date: Nov. 17th, 1967
Publisher: Random House