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In Search of Gielgud
A Biographer's Tale

by Jonathan Croall

In Search of Gielgud is a pen-portrait of the twentieth-century English theatre. In the course of four years of exhaustive research for his original biography of John Gielgud, Jonathan Croall gathered personal memories and opinions of the great classical actor from over a hundred key figures in the profession.

He talked in depth to a dazzling array of stars such as Alec Guinness, John Mills, Dorothy Tutin, Dirk Bogarde, Richard Briers, Helen Mirren, Ian McKellen, Simon Russell Beale and Anna Carteret. He also interviewed several leading playwrights, including Edward Albee, David Storey, Christopher Fry, Charles Wood and Hugh Whitemore; influential directors such as Peter Brook, Bill Gaskill and John Schlesinger; and key designers Jocelyn Herbert, Tanya Moiseiwitsch and Margaret Harris of Motley.

It seemed like a dream project for a biographer, but gradually it became a desperate struggle in the face of a series of unexpected and potentially disastrous setbacks. He had to cope with a sustained and hostile attack from a rival biographer, as well as the erratic behaviour of a wayward and elusive editor. Worst of all, Gielgud himself suddenly appeared to change his mind about the biography, so throwing the whole project into jeopardy.

During this hazardous time Jonathan Croall kept a detailed diary. In it he records his impressions of the many stage and screen actors, directors, designers and playwrights he interviewed, and their revealing personal recollections – most of them previously unpublished – of working on stage and screen with Gielgud.

As well as providing a valuable insight into the world of British theatre since the 1930s, his diary offers an intimate view of the trials, tribulations and rewards of a writer’s life.

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Specifications: Size: 156 x 234mm;
Binding: Paperback with full-colour laminated cover
Extent: 220 pages; ISBN: 978-1-84289-022-6

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