by Michael Hasted with a foreword by Steven Berkoff.
The Opera House in Cheltenham’s Regent Street opened in October 1891 with a performance of Lady Clancarty starring Lillie Langtry. The theatre was designed by one of the greatest theatre architects of all times, Frank Matcham, who designed nearly 200 theatres in Great Britain. Over the next seventy years The Opera House was to play host to some of the greatest names in British theatre and variety.
Surviving imminent closure in 1959 it rose from the ashes as the renamed Everyman Theatre in 1960. The new repertory company nurtured such talents as Steven Berkoff, Josephine Tewson, William Gaunt and Penelope Keith. The theatre reverted to being a touring venue in 1995 and has presented some of the best pre and post West End plays and musicals ever since.
A Theatre For All Seasons tells the story of the good times and bad, of the financial problems, the ghosts and personalities of a typical British provincial theatre.
A Theatre for All Seasons was nominated in 2011 for the prestigious Theatre Book Prize and was the subject of an event at the 2011 Cheltenham Literature Festival
“Hasted does not shy away from telling the story, warts and all.” Theatre Notebook
“Not only packed with the stories and tales but [also] dozens of iconic images” Gloucestershire Echo
“A highlight for me [of the Cheltenham Literature Festival] was seeing writer Michael Hasted speak about his book” The Cheltonian
“A well illustrated and beautifully produced book” Theatres Magazine
Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: Jeremy Mills Publishing (30 Sep 2011)
Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 20.1 x 2 cm