Our search has the following Google-type functionality:
If you use '+' at the start of a word, that word will be present in the search results.
eg. Harry +Potter
Search results will contain 'Potter'.
If you use '-' at the start of a word, that word will be absent in the search results.
eg. Harry -Potter
Search results will not contain 'Potter'.
If you use 'AND' between 2 words, then both those words will be present in the search results.
eg. Harry AND Potter
Search results will contain both 'Harry' and 'Potter'.
NOTE: AND will only work with single words not phrases.
If you use 'OR' between 2 single words, then either or both of those words will be present in the search results.
eg. 'Harry OR Potter'
Search results will contain just 'Harry', or just 'Potter', or both 'Harry' and 'Potter'.
NOTE: OR will only work with single words not phrases.
If you use 'NOT' before a word, that word will be absent in the search results. (This is the same as using the minus symbol).
eg. 'Harry NOT Potter'
Search results will not contain 'Potter'.
NOTE: NOT will only work with single words not phrases.
If you use double quotation marks around words, those words will be present in that order.
eg. "Harry Potter"
Search results will contain 'Harry Potter', but not 'Potter Harry'.
NOTE: "" cannot be combined with AND, OR & NOT searches.
If you use '*' in a word, it performs a wildcard search, as it signifies any number of characters. (Searches cannot start with a wildcard).
Search results will contain words starting with 'Pot' and ending in 'er', such as 'Potter'.
Daniel Rosenthal is a writer and lecturer. He has written on theatre and film for The Times, Independent and Observer, and his previous books include the award-winning The National Theatre Story, 100 Shakespeare Films and Student Editions of David Mamet's Oleanna and Patrick Marber's Closer. He has chaired 30 National Theatre Platforms and is Associate Producer of the BBC 4 Arena documentaries on the NT.
Brilliantly evokes the day-to-day life of a great theatre ... The genius of Rosenthal's book, which is both a revelation and a celebration, is to tell this story in the participants' words ... The presence of rarely heard voices is a great strength of the book ... The life-changing power of letters. -- Simon Callow * Guardian * Vivid and dramatic ... whisks through the personnel and the plays with brio, well-judged illustrations and incisive editing ... revelatory and engrossing -- Sarah Crompton * Observer * A gossipy but scholarly selection of memos, letters, postcards and emails from National talents including Olivier, Scofield, Stoppard, Pinter, Dench and Carol Ann Duffy. The theatre could surely get a great show from the book. -- Mark Lawson * New Statesman * Incredibly accessible, great fun and nostalgic in the very best way. It cannot be recommended highly enough. * British Theatre Guide * One of the best books I've ever been given to review ... The perfect gift for anyone who loves the theatre. -- Jo Good, BBC A must-read for theatre fans * Jewish Chronicle * Such exchanges will intrigue anyone who has taken a close interest in the landmarks of twentieth century theatre. The book's varied insights are invaluable too ... riveting -- Libby Purves * TLS * The best book on the performing arts to have been published in years * Daily Mail * This fascinating tome offers an insider's history of the National Theatre, via some 800 letters exchanged between Artistic Directors, actors, directors, playwrights, politicians, agents, critics and more. From arcane trivia through to vigorous words on the very nature and purpose of drama, it's a theatre geek's must-have. -- Marianka Swain * Broadway World * Compulsive reading ... The fascinating result is like eavesdropping on theatrical history ... However, the book transcends gossip to expose the highs and lows of being at the helm of a national institution ... The book provides the best insight since the publication of Peter Hall's Diaries into how the National works ... I recommend Dramatic Exchanges for its exposure of the private faces of people in public places. -- Michael Billington * Country Life * Praise for The National Theatre Story: The story of the National Theatre is as packed with drama as anything it has staged * Sunday Times * This is a story with guts, great actors, laughter, disaster, and other properties that most books don't possess -- Michael Coveney * Independent * A uniquely revealing story of life within a great cultural institution. * The Spectator * This is a book to dip in and out of, take it at a leisurely pace, and it will keep surprising and informing you for years to come. * The Stage *