Covering Shakespeare: An Actor's Saga of Near Misses and Dogged Endurance.pdf
David Weston has spent a lifetime acting in Shakespeare's plays, and has been directed by Peter Hall, Trevor Nunn and Simon Croft. Chosen as Ian McKellen's understudy in the RSC's King Lear, he toured the world and recorded his experiences in his diary, which became the award-winning Covering Shakespeare: An Understudy's Tale, called 'Salty, evocative and informative' by the Daily Mail. It went on to win the prestigious I.T.R. Theatre Book of the the Year Prize for 2012. With Covering Shakespeare he goes even further, tracing his sixty-two year association with the Bard. He has appeared in twenty-nine of the thirty-seven plays, many several times, and has worked with all the major companies to the outmost limits of the Fringe, from Hollywood to Hong Kong, with the great, the mediocre and the forgotten. He has stories and reminiscences about them all, written in his inimitable style. 'Should be in the pocket of every young actor - and also those of us who are not so young.' Patricia Hodge 'A most enjoyable and informative book - very distinctive and very entertaining. I like it a lot and am sure many others will.' Benedict Nightingale 'Mr Weston writes trippingly off the tongue and should be well proud of himself.' Ian McShane
David Weston is an English actor, director and author. Since graduating from RADA in 1961 he has acted in numerous film, television and stage productions, including twenty-nine plays in Shakespeare's canon. With Michael Croft he was a founder member of the National Youth Theatre. Much of his directing work has been for that organization; he has directed also at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre and a number of other theatres in London. He wrote and narrated a series of non-fiction audio books, including Shakespeare His Life and Work which won the 2001 Benjamin Franklin Award for best audio non-fiction book. Covering McKellen: An Understudy's Tale won the 2011 Theatre Book Prize. His recently published novel Dodger Down Under was described by the Mail on Sunday as 'a delightful Dickensian pastiche which will definitely have the readers clamouring for more.'