National Service: Diary of a Decade at the National Theatre

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Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, Jul 1, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 438 pages
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During the ten years from 1987 to 1997 that he was Director of the Royal National Theatre, Richard Eyre kept a diary—a record that disarmingly captured a life at the heart of British cultural and political affairs. The powerful and the famous inevitably strut and fret upon its pages, butNational Serviceis also a moving personal journey, charted faithfully by a fiercely self-aware and frequently self-doubting individual. The job of grappling with a giant three-headed monster as complex as the Royal National Theatre is laid before us. So are good gossip, brilliant insights into personalities and relationships, and a sense of the ridiculous, which Eyre is powerless to suppress. Like other consummate diarists such as Alan Clark and Kenneth Tynan, Richard Eyre has a voice and point of view that jolt the reader into fresh understanding—and are instantly compelling.

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User Review  - ponsonby - LibraryThing

Superb set of diaries by Richard Eyre of his time running the National Theatre, bringing together the financial, cultural and political challenges of that job, but emphasising along the way the broad ... Read full review

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User Review  - Robert - Goodreads

One of my favorite books on the theatre. Gives an inside look at an artistic director's life running a large, world class theatre. He brushes against the great theatre artists of our time. Read full review

About the author (2004)

Sir Richard Eyre was the Artistic Director of the Royal National Theatre for ten years. He has directed numerous classic and new plays and films - most recently Iris - and is the author of Utopia and Other Places, and co-author of Changing Stages and of Iris: A Screenplay.

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