and some Theatre Giants
“Tell the truth,” her friend the director Lindsay Anderson urged Eleanor Fazan. “It’s seldom heard.” Nor is it easy to tell. But that’s what “Fiz” has done: delivering frank and intimate accounts of her not-always-peaceful collaborations with the brilliant figures she has worked with over the decades – on stage in London’s West End, on screen, and in opera. It’s an amazing line-up: among performers, from Jack Hulbert, Cicely Courtneidge and George Formby to Barry Humphries, Alec Guinness, Laurence Olivier; among directors, Tony Richardson, John Schlesinger, and Stephen Frears; among writers, John Osborne and the legendary Beyond the Fringe team – Alan Bennett, Peter Cook, Jonathan Miller, and Dudley Moore. Along the way we get musicians too: her husband Stanley Myers, composer of “Cavatina,” the haunting theme from The Deerhunter, and the god-like maestro Herbert von Karajan. Fiz’s memoir offers a modest, frank, and often startlingly perceptive account of the delights and difficulties of working with some of the most brilliant – and utterly impossible – writers, directors, and performers of the last sixty years. Her true stories of professional relationships are funny, affectionate, sometimes searing; always enlightening about the agonies and ecstasies of what goes on behind the scenes.
- FriesenPress, May 2013
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