London, Melbourne, Auckland & Johannesburg: Hutchinson, 1987, (First Edition) Hardback in dust wrapper.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Chronological tables; Portrait to the frontispiece; Filmography;
From the cover: Dame Peggy Ashcroft is acknowledged by the acting profession, by the public and critics alike, to be one of the great actresses of the twentieth century. This book, which celebrates her eightieth birthday, is a pictorial record and full chronology of her career in theatre, film and television. Peggy Ashcroft has been involved in most of the major pioneering theatrical movements of the last six decades, working with such directors as John Gielgud, Theodore Komisarjevsky, Michel Saint-Denis, George Devine, Peter Hall and Trevor Nunn, and playing major roles in Shakespeare, Chekhov, Ibsen, Wilde, Webster, Sophocles, Brecht, Duras, Albee, Pinter and Beckett. This superbly illustrated survey carries the reader from her first success in Jew Suss in the twenties, through Juliet in the thirties, The Heiress in the forties, on to Hedda Gabler in the fifties, Margaret of Anjou in the sixties, Happy Days in the seventies, and into the eighties and her world-wide acclaim in television and film for Caught on a Train, The jewel in the Crown and A Passage to India. Robert Tanitch, who has undertaken all the photographic research (many of the photographs appearing in book form for the first time) provides for each production a running commentary, giving details of Peggy Ashcrofts role and information on the performance.
In addition to quotations from the critics of the day, there are also tributes, specially obtained for the book, from distinguished colleagues, including John Gielgud, Laurence Olivier, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quayle, Judi Dench, Dorothy Tutin, Peter Hall, Trevor Nunn, Edward Albee and Harold Pinter, amongst others.
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped.
Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 160 pages. Index. 11″ x 9″.