Ros Merkin is a Reader in Drama at Liverpool John Moores University. She compiled and edited Liverpool’s Third Cathedral: The Liverpool Everyman Theatre for the theatre’s 40th birthday in 2004. Her research mainly focuses on regional theatre and includes The Glory of the Garden: English Regional Theatre and the Arts Council 1984–2009, which she edited with Kate Dorney, and a chapter on Liverpool Theatre in The Cambridge Companion to Theatre History.
Introduction The start of the experiment From trial to theatre Basil Dean, 1911-1913 Laurence Hanray, 1913-14 World War One and the Commonwealth William Armstrong, 1922-1944 Maud Carpenter War and the Old Vic John Fernald, 1946-1949 Gerald Cross, 1949-1951 Willard Stoker, 1951-1962 Bernard Hepton, 1962-63 Ronald Settle and Joan Ovens David Scase, 1963-1967 Kay Gardner, 1967-1969 Antony Tuckey, 1969-1975 Studio 1 Leslie Lawton, 1975-1979 William Gaunt, 1979-1981 Gang of Four, 1981-1984 Studio 2 Jules Wright, 1985-1986 lan Kellgren, 1986-1991 'It's too good to lose' Bill Kenwright, 1991-1996 Studio 3 Richard Williams, 1996-1998 Jo Beddoe, 1999-2003 Gemma Bodinetz and Deborah Aydon, 2003- Bibliography Index
Liverpool Playhouse: A Theatre & Its City remains a fine and important work that should be enjoyed by experts and enthusiasts alike.
Theatre Research International, Volume 37/3
So this is both a book that can be dipped into for interesting quotations and anecdotes and to look at photos of actors when they were much younger and a story that can be read through, but it can also be valuable as a resource for more serious students of regional theatre, showing how it has responded to a changing social and political climate over the last century.
The British Theatre Guide
Size: 250 x 175 mm
Publication: November 11, 2011