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Richard Eyre - Author

About the Author

Richard Eyre worked for ten years in regional theatre in Leicester, Edinburgh and Nottingham. He was producer of the BBC's Play for Today from 1978 to 1981, and was Artistic Director of the National Theatre from 1988 to 1997. His work since includes a musical and several plays in the West End and on Broadway, and opera at Covent Garden and at the Aix-en-Provence Festival. His film and television work includes The Ploughman's Lunch, Tumbledown, Iris, Notes on a Scandal, and Changing Stages, a six-part look at twentieth-century theatre. He has published three books, including National Service, a journal of his time at the National Theatre.

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Little Eyolf

Little Eyolf

Author: Richard Eyre, Henrik Ibsen Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/11/2015

Ibsen's forensic examination of a marriage as it falls apart, in a version by Richard Eyre. How is a life well-lived? Alfred Allmers comes home to his wife Rita and makes a decision. Casting aside his writing, he dedicates himself to raising his son. But one event is about to change his life forever. Little Eyolf was first performed in 1894. This new version, adapted and directed by Richard Eyre, premiered at the Almeida Theatre, London, in 2015. The third in a trilogy of revelatory Ibsens, Little Eyolf follows Richard Eyre's multi-award-winning adaptations of Ghosts (Almeida, West End and BAM, New York), and Hedda Gabler (Almeida and West End).

What Do I Know? People, Politics and the Arts

What Do I Know? People, Politics and the Arts

Author: Richard Eyre Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/10/2014

Richard Eyre's writing is illuminated by all he has achieved as the consummate director of our age. He is the wise and gentle expert on the human heart. - Ian McEwanSince his successful spell running the National Theatre, Richard Eyre's career as a director of film, theatre and opera has made him a leading cultural figure and a hugely respected commentator on the arts.This book collects over fifty short pieces written by Eyre about people he has known and worked with, ideas he has struggled with, things that have moved, delighted or infuriated him. He writes with candour, perceptiveness and charm, and always with an eye for the telling anecdote or the revealing detail that betrays the inner life of his subject.Here we encounter Arthur Miller recounting to Eyre the events of the first night of Death of a Salesman; Harold Pinter overheard in a characteristically pugnacious exchange; Judi Dench racing clockwork chicks across a table, her face ? illuminated by demented glee'. Here too are Alan Bennett, Kate Winslet, Margaret Thatcher, John Mortimer and Marlon Brando, each of them brought vividly and unforgettably to life in the space of a few hundred words.Eyre also includes pieces about the monarchy, about the Iraq War, about Alzheimer's Disease (from which his mother suffered), about his love of climbing (from the comparative safety of his armchair), and about the relationship between music and sexuality.What Do I Know? is a book that tackles serious ideas with a light and often mischievous touch, and it confirms Eyre's place as one of our foremost writers and cultural statesmen.Richard Eyre is a theatre director, writer and former Artistic Director of the National Theatre (a position he held from 1988 to 1997). He has worked widely in theatre and opera - including in the West End, at the National Theatre and the Royal Opera House, on Broadway and in Aix-en-Provence. His film and television work includes The Ploughman's Lunch, Tumbledown, Iris, Notes on a Scandal, and Changing Stages, a six-part look at twentieth-century theatre. He has received many awards for theatre, TV and film, and was knighted in 1997. Highly intelligent and thought-provoking... gets right to the heart of what it means to be an actor... spectacular and highly entertaining... something for every theatre addict to enjoy. - British Theatre Guide Entertaining and informative... [Eyre] writes wittily and compellingly. - The Stage A superb collection? definitive, gorgeously written and devastatingly acute? a lifetime in the arts, and the institutions that matter, has rarely been so valuable, revealing or funny. - Michael Coveney, WhatsOnStage

Turning

Turning

Author: Richard Eyre, Linda Eyre Format: eBook Release Date: 26/08/2014

It is easy to find alarming statistics on escalating violence, addiction and economic inequality in developed countries and stubborn poverty in the third world. The fascinating question has to do with cause. New York Times #1 bestselling authors Richard and Linda Eyre's new book The Turning: Why the State of the Family Matters and What the World Can Do about It contends that the social and economic challenges faced not only in the United States, but throughout the world, are the direct result of an unprecedented and widespread turning away from family. The negative effects of this turning are apparent in the youth of the world today: In Sao Paulo, Brazil, more than 1.2 million "e;street children"e; are addicted to cocaine; Suicide is the third leading cause of death for American fifteen-to-twenty-four-year-olds; Great Ormond Street Hospital in London has treated girls as young as seven or eight for eating disorders; In Ethiopia, nearly half of the children under the age of six work 30-hour weeks; and In the past year there have been over 64 school shootings in the U.S., equaling more than one shooting a week. The Turning uses research findings, statistics (like those listed above), and the Eyres' personal experiences at home and abroad to show that families are essential to the survival and success of civilization. With the well-being of the world at risk, The Turning will move readers in a way that will raise personal reflection, discussion, and action to return the family to its necessary position as the recognized and prioritized basic unit of society. But far more than a book of statistics and political suggestions, this is a book for parents-parents who want to better understand the world their children are growing up in and who want to create a family culture that is stronger than the internet culture, the peer culture, and all the other influences that flurry around our children every day. As Thomas Friedman's The World is Flat opened our eyes to the cause-and-effect aspects of the global economy, The Turning will open the eyes of readers across the world to the means-and-ends connections between stable families and households and the world's ability to meet its social and economic challenges. As Harvard's Clayton Christensen and best-selling author of The Innovator's Dilemma states, "e;This book gives us a common cause, and a clear way to frame and explain the causality of today's problems."e; In the spirit of Friedman's The World is Flat, Richard and Linda Eyre examine the connections between the world's mounting social problems and the breakdown of families and look deeply at the root causes of family disintegration-the false paradigms that confuse the priorities of parents and influence the kind of policies and practices in larger institutions (from media to government) that threaten families both economically and emotionally.

Entitlement Trap

Entitlement Trap

Author: Richard Eyre, Linda Eyre Format: eBook Release Date: 06/03/2012

Number-one New York Times bestselling authors Richard and Linda Eyre, have spent the last twenty-five years helping parents nurture strong, healthy families. Now they've synthesized their vast experience in an essential blueprint to instilling children with a sense of ownership, responsibility, and self-sufficiency.At the heart of their plan is the "e;Family Economy"e; complete with a family bank, checkbooks for kids, and a system of initiative-building responsibilities that teaches kids to earn money for the things they want. The motivation carries over to ownership of their own decisions, values, and goals. Anecdotal, time-tested, and gently humorous, The Entitlement Trap challenges some of the sacred cows of parenting and replaces them with values that will save kids (and their parents) from a lifetime of dependence and disabling debt.

Talking Theatre Interviews with theatre people

Talking Theatre Interviews with theatre people

Author: Richard Eyre Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2011

Shortly after he left the directorship of the National Theatre, Richard Eyre embarked on a series of interviews with people who had played a significant part in making and influencing the theatre of the second half of the twentieth century. Forty of these interviews-threaded through with Eyre's own commentary-are published in this new paperback edition. Containing a fascinating collection of interviews with some of the finest and most prolific theatre practitioners of the last epoch. With unrivalled access, Eyre has allowed us to eavesdrop on the stories behind many of the most important productions and performances in the theatre of recent times.

National Service Diary of a Decade at the National Theatre

National Service Diary of a Decade at the National Theatre

Author: Richard Eyre Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/07/2004

During the ten years from 1987 to 1997 that he was Director of the Royal National Theatre, Richard Eyre kept a diary - a record that disarmingly captured a life at the heart of British cultural and political affairs. The powerful and the famous inevitably strut and fret upon its pages, but National Service is also a moving personal journey, charted faithfully by a fiercely self-aware and frequently self-doubting individual. The job of grappling with a giant three-headed monster as complex as the Royal National Theatre is laid before us. So are good gossip, brilliant insights into personalities and relationships and a sense of the ridiculous, which Eyre is powerless to suppress. Like other consummate diarists such as Alan Clark and Kenneth Tynan, Richard Eyre has a voice and point of view that jolt the reader into fresh understanding - and are instantly compelling.

Utopia and Other Places

Utopia and Other Places

Author: Richard Eyre Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/11/2003

Sir Richard Eyre was Director of the Royal National Theatre for a decade and in this captivating autobiography he gives his views on acting and politics, alongside striking portraits of friends and colleagues such as Ian Charleson, Laurence Olivier, Ian McKellen, Peter Brook and Judi Dench. It is also an unforgettable recreation of a Dorset childhood, and a portrait of his extraordinary family. One grandfather was on Scott's first Antarctic expedition, the other liked to assault motorists with his horsewhip and Eyre's parents like to implement a tyranny of fun, his father's motto being 'Enough is too little, too much is enough.' Utopia and Other Places is also a hilarious, if scathing, account of his own brief acting career. Witty and poignant, this is a remarkable work of honesty from one of our most celebrated creative talents.

Iris A Screenplay

Iris A Screenplay

Author: Richard Eyre, Charles Wood, Richard Eyre Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/02/2002

Based on John Bayley's memoirs, Iris tells the moving and extraordinary story of the forty-year love affair between him and the novelist and philosopher Iris Murdoch. From the romance of their early days at Oxford in the 1950s to her devastating decline in the grip of Alzheimer's disease in the late 1990s, Iris is a tender portrait of a marriage that survives even through life's most tragic and mysterious occurrences. Blurring the boundaries between past and present, Iris captures the relationship of two brilliant intellectuals, determinedly unworldly, and yet utterly devoted to each other. It is a profoundly affecting study of enduring love. Included in this book are the complete shooting script written by Richard Eyre and Charles Wood, a new introduction by Richard Eyre, interviews with John Bayley, Judi Dench, Kate Winslet, Jim Broadbent and Hugh Bonneville, dozens of stills from the film, biographies of the cast and crew, and complete credits. Iris has been nominated for three awards at the 2002 Golden Globe Awards.

Changing Stages A View of British Theatre in the 20th Century

Changing Stages A View of British Theatre in the 20th Century

Author: Richard Eyre, Nicholas Wright Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/11/2000

In 1997, Richard Eyre was invited by the BBC to write and present a series of programmes about the history of British theatre in the 20th century. Eyre decided to write a book first and then base his TV series on it. This is that book. Together with Nicholas Wright, the two present what they describe as a partial, personal and unscholarly view of the century's theatre , told from the point of view of two of theatre's most experienced practitioners. The book traces the way in which Shakespeare's plays have been used as nationalistic pageants, star vehicles and contemporary metaphors, mirroring changes in society over the century. Like the theatre itself, the book has been drawn from a variety of sources, themes, people and movements.

Harold Pinter: A Celebration

Harold Pinter: A Celebration

Author: Richard Eyre Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/10/2000

Harold Pinter is undoubtedly one of the world's major playwrights. In this tribute to him on his seventieth birthday, a number of people from theatre, television and radio and the world of cricket and political commentary came together to celebrate the writer and the man in specially written pieces for this book. Together, all these illuminate with affection, humour and insight the work, the man behind the work and the appeal of both. With an introduction by Richard Eyre, the contributors include Alan Bates, Eileen Diss, Lindsay Duncan, Simon Gray, David Hare, Ronald Harwood, Douglas Hodge, Patrick Marber, Louis Marks, Ian McDiarmid and Jonathan Kent, Edna O'Brien, Peggy Paterson, John Pilger, Hilary Wainwright, Janet Whitaker, Penelope Wilton, Robert Winder, and Henry Woolf.

Utopia and Other Places

Utopia and Other Places

Author: Richard Eyre Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/07/1996

In this autobiography, Richard Eyre reveals his views on acting, directing and politics, and gives portraits of friends and colleagues, such as Ian Charleson, Laurence Olivier, Ian McKellen and Peter Brook. He also recreates his Dorset childhood, wherein a grandfather assaulted motorists with a horsewhip and parents implemented a tyranny of fun.