We’re pleased to say that Studio Shakespeare: The Royal Shakespeare Company at The Other Place by Alycia Smith-Howard is now available at the lower price of £25.00/$50.00.
An extensive history of The Royal Shakespeare Company’s studio theatre, Studio Shakespeare: The Royal Shakespeare Company at The Other Place also includes a biography of its founder and first artistic director, Mary Ann ‘Buzz’ Goodbody (1947-75).
The book discusses productions of twelve plays at The Other Place; it also contains interviews and commentary from such theatrical luminaries as Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, Ben Kingsley, Cicely Berry, Trevor Nunn, Peter Hall, Patrick Stewart, and many others.
‘… a meticulously researched and richly informative study of a vital part of modern theatrical history.’ Michael Billington, Theatre Critic, The Guardian, UK
‘…a very important book in that it sets out in great detail the history of The Other Place … It traces how this space, through the vision of Buzz Goodbody, together with her strong political beliefs, changed the dynamic of the actor/audience relationship … Alycia Smith-Howard writes with great insight and detail, and gives a very moving account of Buzz’s work on her last production—“Hamlet.” It is an illuminating and very readable account of “that other place.”’ Cicely Berry, OBE, Hon. D. Lit., Voice Director: Royal Shakespeare Company
‘[Smith-Howard provides] valuable documentary evidence of the shifting nature of performance. Indeed, the documentation throughout is thorough and the detailed referencing of her material is particularly useful for fellow researchers. The study is particularly rich in its account of the Other Place’s founder, Buzz Goodbody… [Smith-Howard] has undertaken a number of interviews supplying invaluable insight into Goodbody’s passion and alternative approach.’ Theatre Research International
‘Goodbody’s vision of what The Other Place might be – political, intimate, passionately alive – is freshly and vividly evoked… Smith-Howard raises important questions about Goodbody’s career… the value of this book is that it rightly reminds readers of the importance of Buzz Goodbody and her theatre work.’ New Theatre Quarterly
About the Author: Alycia Smith-Howard is a Shakespeare scholar, performance historian, and theatre director. She is a graduate of The Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon, England, where she received both her M.A. (Shakespeare Studies: Text & Performance) and Ph.D. (Performance History). Smith-Howard is the co-author of The Critical Companion to Tennessee Williams (Facts on File, 2005), and the editor of Suzan-Lori Parks: A Casebook (Routledge, 2006).