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Beside Myself

An Actor's Life


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Beside Myself by Antony Sher
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A remarkably candid autobiography, utterly involving and often startlingly revelatory, Beside Myself is an inspiration to young actors and a treat for seasoned theatregoers. 'I wish I'd read this book when I was starting out. Not only is Antony Sher one of the all time greats of classical theatre, he also manages to be a writer of enormous skill and insight' David Tennant Actor, author, artist Antony Sher grew up in the Old South Africa with a profound sense of being an outsider. Small, Jewish and secretly gay, he found refuge in theatre and escaped to London aged just nineteen. In Beside Myself, Sher takes us to the heart of what it is to be an actor today, describing the journeys he undertakes in order to inhabit the roles for which he is famous including The History Man (his TV breakthrough), Macbeth, Tamburlaine, Cyrano, Stanley Spencer and Richard III. This edition, published to mark the author's 60th birthday, includes a new foreword and epilogue. 'the most unsparingly honest actor's autobiography I have ever read' Michael Billington, Guardian 'An extraordinary work of self exploration' Irish Times 'A human, funny, nakedly direct memoir, beautifully written' Financial Times 'Fascinating... No praise can be too high' Sunday Times 'A masterclass. Any student or young actor could learn a great deal from studying Sher's extraordinarily thorough modus operandi' The Stage

Author Biography

ANTONY SHER shot to fame as an actor for the Richard III that is the subject of his first book, Year of the King. As well as Beside Myself he has published Primo Time, an account of his one-man show about Primo Levi and four novels. He has written two plays, I.D., premiered in 2003 with Sher in the lead, and The Giant (2007), about Michelangelo and Da Vinci. He plays Prospero in The Tempest for the RSC opening in Stratford 14 February - 14 March 2009 then touring the UK and coming into the West End.
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April 29th, 2009
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Nick Hern Books
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