The House of Redgrave: The Lives of a Theatrical Dynasty

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From the landmark films of Tony Richardson to the untimely death of Natasha Richardson this is the saga of one of the greatest dynasties in British film and theatre.

 

In 1928, at the end of a production of Hamlet at the Old Vic, Laurence Olivier strode to the front of the stage to hush the audience and announced, pointing at his co-star Michael Redgrave, Tonight a great actress has been born. Laertes has a daughter. He meant Vanessa Redgrave. That is where this dramatic book s story begins. It concludes in 2009, with the sudden and tragic death in a skiing accident of Vanessa s daughter Natasha Richardson and further family sorrow soon to follow with the deaths of both Corin and Lynn Redgrave.

The story of this amazing family is explosive throughout - from the tangled private life of Tony Richardson, Natasha s father, who directed major films like Joseph Andrews, to Vanessa and Corin s complicated involvement with the Workers Revolutionary Party, to the emergence of a fourth generation of fine actors with Natasha and Joely.

There is truly never a dull moment but plenty of scandal, melodrama, tragedy and intrigue in the story of this remarkable dynasty, whose contribution to British drama and film has been immense.

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'Highly readable'

(West End Extra)

'Adler s compulsively readable account is no hatchet job. It is well-written and extensively researched'

(Christopher Hart Sunday Times)

'Fascinating ... shrewdly observed'

(Sunday Independent)

'A dazzling and at times poignant chronicle of a brilliant yet benighted family.'

(Michael Simkins Mail on Sunday)

'Of interest to Redgrave fans, theatrical historians and lovers of gossip.'

(Daily Telegraph, 5 stars) --West End Extra, Christopher Hart Sunday Times, Sunday Independent, Daily Telegraph, 5 stars

About the Author:

TIM ALDER'S previous books are Hollywood and the Mob and The Producers: Money, Movies and Who Really Calls the Shots. He has written for the Daily Telegraph, the Financial Times and The Times.

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