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Theatre Craft

John Caird

An A to Z guide of contemporary theatre practice by world-renowned director John Caird.

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Theatre Craft is an all-encompassing, practical guide for anyone working in the theatre, from the enthusiastic amateur to the committed professional. With entries arranged alphabetically, Theatre Craft offers advice on all areas of directing, from Acting, Adaptation, and Accent to Sound Effects, Superstition, Trap Doors and Wardrobe.

Enlightening and entertaining by turns, the celebrated director John Caird shares his profound knowledge of the stage to provide an invaluable companion to anyone creating a play, musical or opera. Whatever the theatre space – the backroom of a bar, a studio theatre, or the biggest stages of the West End or Broadway – this authoritative volume is an essential reference tool for the modern theatre practitioner.

Internationally renowned theatre director John Caird has directed and adapted countless productions of plays, operas, and musicals for the Royal Shakespeare Company, London’s National Theatre, in the West End, and on Broadway-from Les Misérables and Nicholas Nickleby to Hamlet and Peter Pan.

Critic Reviews

Amazingly absorbing and easy to read ... This guide is aimed at fresh directors, but I'd put it on the shelves of anyone interested in theatre. You'll be well-informed after just a few pages, and won't want to put it down.


John Caird is an Honorary Associate Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Principal Guest Director of the Royal Dramatic Theatre, Stockholm and a freelance theatre, opera and musical theatre director and librettist working regularly at the National Theatre in London, in the West End, on Broadway and all around the world. As well as directing numerous productions of classic plays…

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