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Stage Managing Chaos: A Diary of the Old Vic Production of Fernando Arrabal's The Architect and the Emperor of Assyria

Stage Managing Chaos: A Diary of the Old Vic Production of Fernando Arrabal's The Architect and the Emperor of Assyria

by Jackie Harvey, Tim Kelleher

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Overview

In the early 1970s London's National Theatre, led by Sir Laurence Olivier, launched an infamous avant garde production of The Architect and the Emperor of Assyria. Concerned that his classical approach would clash with the "enfant terrible" director, Victor Garcia, Olivier enlisted stage manager Jackie Harvey to keep a diary of the often ludicrous, occasionally creative, always challenging rehearsals. Anthony Hopkins and Jim Dale costarred in the surreal two-man piece. Led by the eccentric Garcia, the play quickly descended into a chaotic farce. Missed deadlines, technical hitches, unauthorized nudity and backstage feuds culminated in an unforgettable production, leaving the company debating: Was he a misunderstood genius or a brilliant con-artist? Accompanied by recollections from Hopkins, Dale and others, along with photographs and documents that bring the key players to life, this unique diary provides a snapshot of a crucial period in the history of the National Theatre.


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ISBN-13: 9781476626444
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 10/27/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 204
File size: 8 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jackie Harvey trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and was a stage manager in provincial repertory and BBC television before joining the National Theatre Company in 1969, in the historic Old Vic Theatre. Tim Kelleher is a freelance editor and researcher based in London, with experience working on academic texts, medical publications, and personal memoirs.
Jackie Harvey trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and was a stage manager in provincial repertory and BBC television before joining the National Theatre Company in 1969, in the historic Old Vic Theatre.
Tim Kelleher is a freelance editor and researcher based in London, with experience working on academic texts, medical publications, and personal memoirs.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Original Program for the 1971 Production at London’s
Old Vic Theatre ix
Preface by Jackie Harvey 1
Introduction by Tim Kelleher 5
Stage Manager’s Diary 13
First Meetings 14
Week One: “From the moment I chose you I closed my eyes” 17
Week Two: “Lost in a labyrinth” 24
Week Three: “Psychology in the theatre” 34
Week Four: “My problem, not theirs” 42
Week Five: “A definite, clear, positive vision” 56
Week Six: “Intellectual masturbation” 67
Week Seven: “It is better without underpants” 84
Week Eight: “Live baby crocodiles” 100
Week Nine: “We had completely forgotten about him” 119
Press Clippings 133
Recollections 137
Anthony Hopkins (the Emperor) 138
Jim Dale (the Architect) 145
Jackie Harvey (Stage Manager) 150
Jean-Norman Benedetti (Translator) 152
Douglas Cornelissen (General Stage Manager) 154
Marc Wilkinson (Music and Sound) 156
Amanda Ducket (Assistant Stage Manager) 157
Antony Horder (Sound Technician) 159
Report on Rehearsals by the Centre National de
la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) (1975) 161
A Scenography of Light, by Brian Arnott
(The Drama Review, 1973) 181
Index 191

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