Balancing Acts: Behind the Scenes at London’s National Theatre

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The theater is a magical place. Whole worlds are conjured there, full of wonder and insight, challenging us to understand the past, imagine the future, and think deeply about the present, sometimes all at once. And few theaters are as ambitious and eclectic as London’s National Theater.

Balancing Acts takes readers behind the scenes of Hytner’s time as artistic director, offering a time capsule of an entire era of the world of theater in the early 2000s. You get everything from the nitty-gritty details of running a theater to raising funds for various projects. Not only that, but he provides in-depth looks at the creation and nurturing of major and minor productions alike under his watch, including War Horse, His Dark Materials, and more.

Few books about the theater manage to explore the true magic that the theatrical experience represents while simultaneously refusing to shy away from the politics, economics, and ongoing logistical nightmare that comes with maintaining an artistic juggernaut like the National Theatre.

Balancing Acts represents its title with flair, deftly navigating just one of the many tightropes that modern theater must traverse.


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Author Nicholas Hytner
Star Count 4/5
Format Hard
Page Count 320 pages
Publisher Knopf
Publish Date 2017-Nov-14
ISBN 9780451493408
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Issue May 2018
Category Biographies & Memoirs
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