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  • Shakespeare's Strangest Tales

    Product Code: SHKT
    Hardback
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    Published to coincide with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, this compelling and entertaining book takes a look at the weird and wonderful stories from the theatres that have played host to the Bard's work.

    From fluffed lines to falls off stages, you'll get to find out about the terrible behaviour of the groundlings at the Globe, learn why the 'rude mechanicals' in A Midsummer Night's Dream were recast as a group of ladies from the WI and discover how Dame Maggie Smith got even with Sir Laurence Olivier.

    Curious and extraordinary, this collection of tales will entertain any fans of the Bard or the stage.
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  • Glastonbury 50

    Emily Eavis

    Product Code: CBWCX
    Hardback
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    Glastonbury 50 is the authorised, behind-the-scenes, inside story of the music festival that has become a true global phenomenon. The story begins in 1970. The day after Jimi Hendrix's death... dairy farmer Michael Eavis invites revellers to his field in Somerset to attend a 'Pop, Folk & Blues' festival. Tickets are GBP1 each, enticing more than a thousand customers with the promise of music, dance, poetry, theatre, lights and spontaneous entertainment - as well as free milk from his own Worthy Farm cows. Fast forward through five tumultuous decades and the Eavis's vision now encompasses a gigantic 'city in the fields', with a total annual population nearing a quarter of a million. Tickets sell out within minutes, the show is beamed live to more than 40 countries around the globe, and over 3 million people are registered to attend. Meanwhile, the bill has expanded to include big name performers, artists and designers from every branch of the creative arts. Glastonbury Festival is now the largest outdoor green fields event in the world. In their own words, Michael and Emily Eavis reveal the stories behind the headlines, and celebrate 50 years of history in the Vale of Avalon. They're joined by a host of big-name contributors from the world of music - among them Adele, JAY-Z, Dolly Parton, Chris Martin, Noel Gallagher, Lars Ulrich and Guy Garvey. They're joined by artists - Stanley Donwood, Kurt Jackson and many more. Writers - Caitlin Moran, Lauren Laverne, Billy Bragg - and by a host of photographers, from Seventies icon Brian Walker to rock and roll legends Jill Furmanovsky and Greg Williams. Together they bring you the magic that makes Glastonbury, Glastonbury.
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  • The Ballet Book

    Darcey Bussell

    Product Code: ADWYS
    Paperback 6 years +
    Perfect your port de bras, pas de deux and learn how to dance adagio and allegro. Find out the best way to look after your ballet shoes and make sure your make up is just right for your first night on stage. Contains everything you need to know to become a ballet dancer, from the best ballet dancer in the business, Darcey Bussell.
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  • The Bad Luck Lighthouse

    Nicki Thornton

    Product Code: BYHVU
    Paperback
    The twisty-turny sequel to the bestselling The Last Chance Hotel - Agatha Christie meets Harry Potter! In solving the mystery of the Last Chance Hotel, Seth has discovered a bewildering new world of magic. But the truth about his mother's fate and other secrets remain, stolen away with the firefly cage by his nemesis, the wicked Tiffany Bunn. Determined to chase her down - and prove himself as a magician - Seth and his cat Nightshade are quickly embroiled in the latest MagiCon case, a murder investigation at a deserted lighthouse ...
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  • The Maddie Diaries

    Maddie Ziegler

    Product Code: BMKNW
    Paperback
    Maddie Ziegler, the breakout star of Dance Moms and a judge on So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation tells her life story in this coming-of-age memoir.

    A teenage dance prodigy, she talks about her casing on the hit reality TV show and how she was picked by Sia to star in the video for her single 'Chandelier'.

    She talks about the hard work she's put in over the years and how she starred in Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow's The Book of Henry with Jacob Tremblay and Naomi Watts. She also answers fans' burning questions with charm and wit.
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  • Be a Narwhal

    Sarah Ford

    Product Code: CAXBY
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    Let Narwhal show you the true meaning of a successful life. He is always prepared to put in the hours, whether he's nurturing his sea anemones or doing a big presentation to the reef. Feisty and passionate, Narwhal is no back-seat driver - he's always bursting with ideas, from how to break the ice at parties to how to tickle a fish. And when all around is in meltdown, he'll stay in control and bounce back with a cool head and a calm heart. To live a good and successful life there are a few simple things that Narwhal knows: - Believe in yourself. You are the bee's knees, even if like Narwhal you don't have any knees. - Listen more, chatter less... though a morning catch-up on last night's TV is absolutely essential. - Success has nothing to do with the size of your bank account; it is a life well lived and, of course, still being able to beat your kids at chess.
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  • Drawing the Curtain: Maurice Sendak's Designs for Opera and Ballet

    Product Code: BXXPJ
    Hardback
    This book showcases a lesser-known aspect of Maurice Sendak's oeuvre--his set designs for operas and ballets. Maurice Sendak is well-known for his acclaimed children's books, but he was also an avid opera lover and designed a number of sets for opera and ballet productions, among them Mozart's The Magic Flute, Janacek's The Cunning Little Vixen, Prokofiev's The Love for Three Oranges, Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker, and an opera by Oliver Knussen based on Where the Wild Things Are. This book brings together over one hundred and twenty-five pieces from among the more than nine hundred in the Morgan Library & Museum's collection, including preliminary sketches, final watercolors, and cardboard models. Essays in the book discuss the importance of music to Sendak's work, his fascination with comic strips, movies, mechanical toys, and pop-up books, and the artworks that inspired his stage designs. The book reveals the full breadth of Sendak's visual work for opera and ballet and highlights his keen sense of humor, his love of art history, and his ability to tell striking stories through his art.
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  • The Essential Guide to Tap Dance

    Derek Hartley

    Product Code: BMLKJ
    Paperback
    From the propulsive rhythm of the African dancer, to the swinging ragtime of the American jazz age, tap dancing has evolved into a unique blend of cultural expression, improvisation and creativity, open to all ages and abilities. With clear step-by-step instructions, The Essential Guide to Tap Dance covers basic steps such as the shuffle, pick up and paddle, before building these into traditional combinations such as the time step and shim sham. Additional material includes the history and development of tap dancing; rhythm and musicality; learning the language of tap dancing; the role of improvisation and choreography and finally, the basic steps to advanced techniques. This is the perfect companion to instruct the beginner tap dancer and expand the more experienced dancer's technique, offering full-colour pictures, helpful instruction and essential notes on this vibrant and accessible dance form.
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  • So You Want to be a Theatre Producer

    James Seabright

    Product Code: BFYAD
    Paperback
    Drawing on his own experiences as a producer of theatre productions at every level - from university, via the fringe, to the West End - James Seabright takes the rookie producer through every stage of the process: the development of an idea, raising the money and budgeting, negotiating rights, hiring a director and production team, marketing the show, rehearsals and on to opening night. Ideal for prospective and novice producers, or for anyone who's had a dream of getting a show on, this essential guide by an industry insider reveals everything you need to know to negotiate the right venue for the right price, who to approach when money's looking tight, and what to do if you get a bad review. The book also features a comprehensive appendix with sample contracts and letters of agreement, lists of key press contacts, rehearsal spaces and a sample marketing pack.
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  • Becoming an Actor

    Thomasina Unsworth

    Product Code: BEGCX
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    A practical guide to training as an actor, helping you get the most out of drama school - and survive in the world beyond. Are you thinking of applying to drama school?Do you have a place already and want to get the most out of your training?Are you seeking to make the best possible start in the world beyond drama school? Becoming an Actor takes you, step by step, technique by technique, through everything you can expect to encounter at drama school, and in your first year as a professional actor. Stuffed with exercises and full of practical advice, it is the ideal handbook to accompany your training. Thomasina Unsworth teaches at Rose Bruford College, one of the UK's leading drama schools. Here she shows what acting classes at an accredited drama school are actually like, and offers guidance and support through what is a critical time in any actor's career. With many different exercises to help actors explore the techniques they need to master, Becoming an Actor is also an invaluable resource for those teaching acting, and for those seeking to refresh their training.
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  • Ballerina Body

    Misty Copeland

    Product Code: AXKLR
    Paperback
    In her first health and fitness book, celebrated ballerina Misty Copeland shows you how to find the motivation to get healthier and stronger, and how to refine the body you were born with to be lean, strong and flexible, with step-by-step advice, meal plans, workout routines and words of inspiration. Misty offers her own time-tested, ballet-inspired movements that are perfect for women who want to lengthen and strengthen, but don't want to run a marathon or lift weights. She also demonstrates the floor exercises that helped maintain her own ballerina body while recovering from an injury. Misty's eating plan focuses on vegetables, fruits, plant fats, animal proteins and beneficial oils - all of which keep her energetic and in top shape. With simple and delicious recipes for Granola, Spinach and Goat Cheese Salad, Quick Salsa Chili, and even a Ballerina Smoothie, you'll be satisfied and happy while getting leaner. To keep you motivated, Misty gives tips and words of encouragement on persevering even when you may want to give up, including a peek into her personal journal, to inspire you and help you stay on the road to your own ballerina body.
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  • Manon

    Kunsthaus Zofingen

    Product Code: CDBWJ
    Hardback
    Since the 1970s, Swiss artist Manon has been confronting observers with their own vision. Her performances raise question about the boundary between staging and exhibitionism. Always challenging and at times highly subversive, her performances question power structures and put gender identities to discussion. Following-up on the previous volume Manon - A Person, published in 2008, this new volume introduces her work of the past decade to a wider audience. At the core is Hotel Dolores, a series of installations and performances staged at closed-down hotels in the Swiss spa town of Baden between 2008 and 2011. Photographs of venues and Manon's performances are completed by her conceptual sketches and other documents. Concise essays on aspects of Manon's art and vision round out this book. Text in English, French and German.
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  • Screen Acting Skills

    Roger Wooster

    Product Code: CDBUA
    Paperback
    Whether you are a young actor seeking to land your first screen role or a workshop leader looking for relevant exercises that won't involve vast technical support, this book belongs on your shelf. Many screen actors begin their careers lacking the appropriate pre-shoot preparation and knowledge of studio protocols. This book helps actors new to screen performance to be fully prepared artistically - and technically. Screen Acting Skills augments existing theoretical and academic studies by offering practical, focused exercises that can be explored in low-tech workshop situations. Written in an accessible, jargon-free and often humorous style, Screen Acting Skills enables creativity on the workshop floor, allowing young - and older! - actors to access their own talent, and to hone their skills. This book offers students and tutors a straightforward approach to acting for the screen and how to prepare for studio work. The book is published alongside online videos of workshops with screen acting students.
  • Music Fundamentals for Musical Theatre

    Christine Riley (Marymount Man

    Product Code: CDBLT
    Paperback
    Musical theatre students and performers are frequently asked to learn musical material in a short space of time; sight-read pieces in auditions; collaborate with accompanists; and communicate musically with peers, directors, music directors and choreographers. Many of these students and performers will have had no formal musical training. This book offers a series of lessons in music fundamentals, including theory, sight-singing and aural tests, giving readers the necessary skills to navigate music and all that is demanded of them, without having had a formal music training. It focuses on the skills required of the musical theatre performer and draws on musical theatre repertoire in order to connect theory with practice. Throughout the book, each musical concept is laid out clearly and simply with helpful hints and reminders. The author takes the reader back to basics to ensure full understanding of each area. As the concepts begin to build on one another, the format and process is kept the same so that readers can see how different aspects interrelate. Through introducing theoretical ideas and putting each systematically into practice with sight-singing and ear-training, the students gain a much deeper and more integrated understanding of the material, and are able to retain it, using it in voice lessons, performance classes and their professional lives. The book is published alongside a companion website, which offers supporting material for the aural skills component and gives readers the opportunity to drill listening exercises individually and at their own pace. Music Fundamentals for Musical Theatre allows aspirational performers - and even those who aren't enrolled on a course - to access the key components of music training that will be essential to their careers.
  • Daughter of Chaos (The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Novel #2)

    Sarah Rees Brennan

    Product Code: CCYRD
    Paperback
    Half-witch, half-mortal sixteen-year-old Sabrina Spellman has made her choice: she's embraced her dark side and her witchy roots. Now her power is growing daily ... but will it come at too high a price? Sabrina Spellman has just made the hardest decision of her life: she's leaving behind her beloved friends at Baxter High. Now it's time to follow the path of night and find her way among the witches and warlocks at the Academy of Unseen Arts. Sabrina has always been good at the school thing, but now she has a whole new world to navigate. Her power is growing daily, but it comes with a high price. She must always remember her new allegiances and the cost they have on her friends ... and on herself. And then there's her new classmates. Prudence, Dorcas and Agatha are friends, kind of, but can Sabrina trust them? And what about Nick Scratch? He's as charming as ever, but will his feelings for Sabrina last? Based on the hit Netflix show, this original YA novel tellsan all-new, original story about Sabrina.
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  • Ray Barra: A Life in Ballet

    Victor Hughes

    Product Code: CDORL
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    A Life in Ballet celebrates the life of Ray Barra who is perhaps one of the most beloved figures in the dance world. Barra helped to define the male dancer as not only the noble cavalier of classical ballet but also a forthright manly presence capable of macho, even unsympathetic behaviour. Victor Hughes explores Ray Barra's extensive career as a dancer, teacher, director and choreographer as he approaches his 90th birthday. From his early engagements with the San Francisco Ballet and American Ballet Theatre to his work with the Stuttgart ballet internationally and then later his retirement, Barra's achievements and contributions to the dance world are unparalleled. A torn Achilles' tendon brought an end to his dancing days, however, he remained part of the ballet scene by becoming ballet master with emerging choreographers such as Kenneth MacMillan in Berlin and John Neumeier in Frankfurt and Hamburg. His passion was the creation of his own ballets to which he has devoted himself with well-merited success.
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  • Monologues from the Edge

    Steve Marsh

    Product Code: CCWXY
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    Starting with an understanding that all actors are by nature unconventional, Monologues from the Edge presents performers with a wide range of monologues featuring characters who stand outside social norms and ideas of acceptability. Compiled by dramaturg Steve Marsh, this collection includes many contemporary monologues from plays he had the opportunity to review during his time on the nominating committee of the Drama Desk Awards in NYC. Marsh's sincere theatrical bliss comes from understanding and working with playwrights and their dramatic structures, and his definition of the "edge" and his choice of dramatic works is sure to inspire all actors who endeavor to understand all of the characters and their motivations completely.
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  • Royal Academy of Dance

    Pamela Hartshorne

    Product Code: CCWMY
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    With a global membership of 14,000 and a presence in 84 countries, the Royal Academy of Dance has grown from its foundation in 1920 into one of the world's most influential dance education organisations. This lavishly illustrated volume celebrates 100 years of dancing and education, performances and competitions, and the Academy's many successful outreach projects. The book features special sections on music, choreography and costume, and on the traditions that many of those who have taken a ballet exam will remember.
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  • Filmmaking For Dummies

    Bryan Michael Stoller

    Product Code: CBYBX
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    Everything you ever wanted to know about making a movie but were afraid to ask... Lights, camera, action! We all have at least one movie in us, and the amazing and affordable advances in digital technology makes it increasingly easy to make your dream a reality and share it with the world. Filmmaking for Dummies is your definitive guide to bringing a project to life, from the comedy antics of loveable pets to the deepest, most meaningful independent film. Bryan Michael Stoller is your friend and guide, sharing his knowledge gained over 100 productions (directing and working with Dan Aykroyd, James Earl-Jones, Barbra Streisand and Drew Barrymore, among others) to show you how to take your movie from the planning and storyboarding stage, through shooting and editing, to making it available to your adoring audiences through television broadcast, streaming online or in movie theaters. For the do-it-your-selfer, the book includes tips on how to finance your project, a look at the latest software and apps, including advancements in digital technology, and for the passionate director, advice on how to hire and work with your cast and crew and find great scenic locations. Whether you want to become a professional filmmaker or just create great YouTube videos or nostalgic home movies, shooting with your smartphone or with consumer or pro-gear, this practical guide has it all. Learn how to compose your shots and when to move the camera Make the perfect pitch to sell your story Take advantage of helpful contacts and tons of new resources Get up-to-date on the latest and greatest digital technology Find the right distributor, or learn how you can be your own distributor! So, you really have no excuses to make your masterpiece. Get rolling with a copy of Filmmaking for Dummies today and start shooting for the stars!
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  • How To Make It in the New Music Business

    Ari Herstand

    Product Code: CBYEL
    Hardback
    How to Make It in the New Music Business has become the go-to resource for "do it yourself" musicians eager to make a living in a turbulent industry. Inspiring thousands to stop waiting around for that "big break", Ari Herstand returns, maintaining that a stable career can be built by taking advantage of the tools at our fingertips. Including the latest trends and developments in the bustling UK music scene, he offers inspiring success stories across media. With the overarching theme of making real connections with human beings, it is a must-have for anyone navigating the complex yet advantageous modern music landscape.
  • Rosmersholm

    Henrik Ibsen

    Product Code: CCLWK
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    Duncan Macmillan's stunning and resonant adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's Rosmersholm. This revival of a masterpiece charts love, politics, past and future, with plenty of twists thrown in for good measure. Rosmersholm is positioned against the backdrop of a looming election, an atmosphere of uncertainty and a bloodthirsty press. In the grand house of an influential dynasty, John Rosmer holds the future in his hands. As he wanders the line between idealism and a painful past, he finds himself ever more torn. Award-winning writer and director Duncan Macmillan has a glittering resume of stage works to his name, including the highly acclaimed People Places and Things and Every Brilliant Thing. He has accrued an array of awards throughout his career and has twice been nominated for an Olivier Award for Best New Play.
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  • Tongues of Flame

    Dawn Langman

    Product Code: CCITW
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    Building on her fundamental texts The Art of Acting and The Art of Speech, Dawn Langman shows how the great dramas of Western heritage illuminate the evolution of human consciousness - from the past and into the future - thus providing a context in which actors can consciously evolve their art. Having laid her foundation by exploring the Eleusis Mysteries - the seed point of Western drama - she moves to the end of the nineteenth century, when drama and performance practice prepared for its next great evolutionary leap. She explores the connection of this leap to the evolutionary threshold facing human beings at the end of what occult history calls Kali Yuga. Weaving back and forth between future, past and present - guided by the great cyclic themes of human soul and spiritual development - Langman shows how the inspiration of our greatest artists springs from a source of knowing that encompasses the high calling of the human being to mature beyond its biological inheritance, and to become a conscious co-creator with the macrocosmic powers that serve the evolution of the universe. In doing so, she clarifies the specific function drama has in our contemporary development within the spectrum of the arts.
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  • The House in Scarsdale

    Dan O'Brien (Author)

    Product Code: CCILS
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    Winner of the 2018 PEN America Award in Drama As Tolstoy said, "All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." In The House in Scarsdale, playwright Dan O'Brien traces the roots of his family's particular unhappiness to learn why his parents and siblings cut him off years ago. The more Dan learns about his family, the more mysterious the circumstances surrounding their estrangement become, until his world is shaken when rumours surface that his real father might be another member of the family. Is his pathological pursuit of the truth worth the risk? Or should he follow the advice of a psychic and make his life a never-finished work of art?
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  • Strange Fruit

    Caryl Phillips

    Product Code: CCGPQ
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    "I go half way round the world and back thinking I'd made some sort of discovery and come back to find the same damn lies, the same white lies, the same black lies." Alvin and Errol can't picture much of a future for themselves. They're young, Black and living in England in the 1980s, with an entire country and political system set against them. Instead they focus firmly on their past - the sunny Caribbean and heroic father they left behind when their mother brought them to England twenty years ago. But when Alvin returns home from his grandfather's funeral a new version of their past emerges, and the two brothers are caught in a desperate struggle to unearth the truth about their existence. Powerful and compelling, Strange Fruit by Caryl Phillips (winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize) is the story of a family caught between two cultures, and the uncrossable no man's land that can come between parents and their children.
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If you’re a big fan of all that can be performed on a stage, you won’t be able to resist our brilliant theatre books.

Dazzling dance books

Explore a range of dance styles, including ballet and street dance, in our great dance books, perfect for anyone who loves to move.

Thrilling theatre books

Our thrilling theatre books are perfect for thespians and theatre fans alike. Discover books about the most famous Shakespeare plays, genres of drama and guides to acting, directing and all aspects of putting on a production.

A range of performing arts

Theatre and dance aren’t the only things that can be performed on a stage. Explore all forms of performance with our performing arts books, covering topics such as stand-up comedy and magic.

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