Keith Baxter rss

John Gielgud as Hamlet:  the first young poet-prince

Bitchiness gets in the way of the Gielgoodies

3 May 2014
In Search of Gielgud: A Biographer’s Tale Jonathan Croall

Herbert Adler, pp.220, £10.95, ISBN: 9781842890226

In the summer of 1955 a group of finals students trooped into a classroom at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. We had come to hear Ernest Milton talk about… Read more

An elusive father

14 April 2012
Luck and Circumstance: A Coming of Age in Hollywood, New York and Points Beyond Michael Lindsay-Hogg

Knopf, pp.288, 17.99

In a large upstairs room of the YWCA building behind Tottenham Court Road, a group of actors were nervously waiting for the arrival of the director. There was the powerful… Read more

To fame by leaps and bounds

11 January 2003
DANCER Colum McCann

Weidenfeld, pp.291, 12.99

Here is an astonishing book. It is a biography of Rudolph Nureyev written as a piece of fiction, but it is not a roman