The Best Theatre and Acting Books of 2014

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If you’re serious about a career in theatre then it pays to read up about your craft. These book are not text books or how to guides but they will teach you more about the real life of directors, producers and actors (both struggling and successful) than you would find in a theatre studies reading list!
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  • Actors know the best source of advice on the profession is other actors. Nothing compares with the wisdom and practical know-how acquired through years of working in the business….
  • An Actor Succeeds is a useful yet entertaining how-to, tips-and-advice book comprising nearly 900 quotes mostly from actors but also directors, writers, casting directors, and…
  • Drawing on his lifetime career in front of the camera, Denis Lawson offers a wonderfully accessible introduction to acting for film and TV. One of the most important ‘camera…
  • David Weston has appeared in twenty nine of the thirty seven Shakespeare plays, many several times, and has worked with all the major companies to the outmost limits of the…
  • Sick of deeply personal accounts written in the first person? Seeking an exciting, interactive read that puts the “u” back in “aUtobiography”? Then look no…
  • Matchbox Theatre presents a miniature sketch show: thirty dialogues and monologues by Michael Frayn, to be played in the smallest theatre in the world – the theatre of your own…
  • Alan Cumming grew up in the grip of a man who held his family hostage, someone who meted out violence with a frightening ease, who waged a silent war with himself that sometimes…
  • The Princess Bride has been a family favourite for close to three decades. Cary Elwes was inspired to share his memories and give fans an unprecedented look into the creation of…
  • A compilation of Seth Rudetsky’s hilarious, Broadway-centric “Onstage and Backstage” columns for Playbill.com, chronicling Seth’s unique life on and around the Great White Way….
  • In the most important theatrical book of this or any other decade, moderate twitter sensation @tips4actors (unrestrained by a 140-character limit) gives you all the advice you…
Other Recommended Acting Books
  • He’s the anonymous Twitter sensation whose hilarious and unfailingly accurate barbs satirising and celebrating the theatre industry have won him a devoted following. And now West…
  • Luvvies. Tyrannical directors. Useless agents. Less job security than an England football manager. Who’d be an actor? Michael Simkins isn’t sure, even though he’s been one…
  • #SOBLESSED: the Annoying Actor Friend’s Guide to Werking in Show Business’ is an irreverent analysis of what life is like for both aspiring and employed actors and actresses in…
  • Acting: Cut the Crap, Cue the Truth fills a gap in the drama school curriculum, tackling many areas which are unaddressed during training and discussing issues that are more often…
  • Journalist Sokolove pays tribute to drama teacher Lou Volpe, who in the last 40 years has revolutionized the theater program at Harry S. Truman High School. Located in Levittown,…
  • Stage Blood is Michael Blakemore’s candid and at times painfully funny story of the events that led to his dramatic exit from the National Theatre in 1976. The theatrical triumphs…
  • Every year, thousands of people from all over the world move to Hollywood, with nothing more than their hopes and an irrational sense of romanticism and fairness, to pursue their…
  • This is a memoir as much as it is a history of American regional theater told by award-winning director, lyricist, producer, and writer Jack O’Brien. O’Brien served as the…