Are you looking forward to Reading the Theatre in March? I am!
In the meantime, I’ve enjoyed putting together a list of some of my favorite books about the world of the stage (in which I would include puppetry, circus, opera, dance, and other stage arts as well as plays and musicals, by the way).
If you’ve read any of these, I’d love to know your thoughts. Or there are many other ways you could participate — reading play scripts, for example, or thinking about memorable productions you have seen or been a part of. Let’s put on a show!
The links below are to my own reviews if I’ve written one, or to Goodreads if not.
Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild
Maida’s Little Theater by Inez Hayes Irwin
Act One by Moss Hart
Underfoot in Show Business by Helene Hanff
World of Wonders by Robertson Davies (or almost any other book by him)
Scaramouche by Rafael Sabatini
Shadowplay by Joseph O’Connor
This Rough Magic by Mary Stewart
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Singing’ and Swingin’ and Gettin’ Merry Like Christmas by Maya Angelou
Home by Julie Andrews
Jill the Reckless by P.G. Wodehouse
The Mask of Apollo by Mary Renault
The Town in Bloom by Dodie Smith
Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett
Here are some others that I’d like to read:
The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
Morality Play by Barry Unsworth
Wise Children by Angela Carter
Final Curtain by Ngaio Marsh
An Awfully Big Adventure by Beryl Bainbridge
Dance to the Piper by Agnes de Mille
The Incomparable Rex by Patrick Garland
What other titles would you suggest?