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1st Edition

A World Elsewhere

ISBN 9780367356873
Published December 2, 2019 by Routledge
202 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

A World Elsewhere is Steven Berkoff’s bold attempt to describe his multifarious theatrical works.

Berkoff outlines the methods that he uses, first of all as an actor, secondly as a playwright and thirdly as theatre director, as well as those subtle connections in between, when one discipline melds effortlessly into another. He examines the early impulses that generated his works and what drove him to give them form, as well as the challenges he faced when adapting the work of other authors. Berkoff discusses some of his most difficult, successful and unique creations, journeying through his long and varied career to examine how they were shaped by him, and how he was shaped by them. The sheer scale of this book offers a rare experience of an accomplished artist, combined with the honesty and insight of an autobiography, making this text a singular tool for teaching, inspiration and personal exploration.

Suitable for anyone with an interest in Steven Berkoff and his illustrious career, A World Elsewhere is the part analysis and part confession of an artist whose work has been performed all over the world.

Table of Contents

Biography  Preface  1. In the Penal Colony - The Arts Lab, Drury Lane 1967  2. Metamorphosis - The Roundhouse, Chalk Farm 1969  3. Macbeth - The Place Theatre 1970  4. Miss Julie Versus Expressionism – National Tour and The ICA 1971  5. Agamemnon - National Tour - The Roundhouse, Chalk Farm 1973  6. The Trial, by Franz Kafka - The Roundhouse, Chalk Farm 1973  7. The Fall of The House of Usher - Hampstead Theatre Club 1974  8. Random thought: the dressing room  9. East - Kings Head Theatre, Islington - 1975 Regent Street Poly - Cottesloe Theatre 1977  10. Hamlet, Shakespeare - The Roundhouse, Chalk Farm 1980  11. Decadence - Arts Theatre 1981  12. Random thought: Vsevolod Meyerhold  13. West - Donmar Warehouse 1983  14. Harry’s Xmas - Donmar Warehouse 1985  15. Acapulco - The King’s Head Theatre, Islington 1986  16. Coriolanus - Public Theatre, New York 1988  17. Random thought – directors and indendants  18. Greek - Wyndham’s Theatre 1988  19. Salome - National Theatre 1989  20. One Man - The Garrick Theatre 1991  21. Kvetch - The Garrick Theatre 1991  22. Random thought: a lunch in Brooklyn with the Salome cast  23. Brighton Beach Scumbags - The Riverside Theatre, Hammersmith 1995  24. Random thought - mechanicals  25. Massage - Odyssey Theatre, Edinburgh Festival 1997  26. Decadence - Wyndhams Theatre 1997  27. Shakespeare’s Villains - Theatre Royal, Haymarket 1998  28. Random thought: one-man show  29. The Secret Love Life of Ophelia - The King’s Head Theatre 2001  30. Messiah - Edinburgh Festival 2002 - Old Vic 2003  31. Sit and Shiver - Hackney Empire 2007  32. Random thought: Salome at The Gate Theatre, Dublin  33. On The Waterfront - Theatre Royal, Haymarket 2010  34. Oedipus - Edinburgh Festival 2013  35. The Hairy Ape -The Odyssey Theatre, Los Angeles 2015  36. Actors I have admired, loved and even cried over  37. Final chapter  Index

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Steven Berkoff is a renowned playwright, director, actor, photographer and author.