Sunday 18 October 2020

Book Review: London Theatres (New Edition) by Michael Coveney (Non-Fictions/Arts)

Title: London Theatres (New Edition)
Author: Michael Coveney
Publisher: Frances Lincoln
Publication Date: 6 October 2020
eBook - PDF
Genre: Non-Fiction / Arts
Source: ARC via NetGalley

This fully revised and updated edition of the hugely successful London Theatres features ten additional theatres, including the Victoria Palace Theatre, the Sondheim Theatre, the Bridge Theatre and the Noël Coward Theatre.
London is the undisputed theatre capital of the world. From world-famous musicals to West End shows, from cutting-edge plays to Shakespeare in its original staging, from outdoor performance to intimate fringe theatre, the range and quality are unsurpassed.
Leading drama critic Michael Coveney invites you on a tour of more than 50 theatres that make the London stage what it is. With stories of the architecture, the people and the productions which have defined each one, alongside sumptuous photographs by Peter Dazeley of the auditoriums, public and backstage areas, this illustrated overview of London's theatres is a book like no other. A must for fans of the stage!


Having loved the original London Theatres I was interested to see that a new edition had been released. The inclusion of previously missed 'newer' theatres like The Bridge Theatre and the Menier Chocolate Factory is a welcome addition and adds to the book's overall appeal, since it now covers a wider range of London's performance spaces. Perhaps in a future release we'll even get the Jermyn Street theatre! London has so many theatrical venues, though, that to mention them all would create quite a tome, so I can understand the need to draw the line somewhere, and the recent inclusions do fill the slight gap that existed in the original edition. Overall, this remains a superb work, with a beautiful balance of interesting text and beautiful photographs. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves London's theatre scene, and, indeed, theatres and theatrical history in general.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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