Compiled by Michèle Brown and Introduced by Gyles Brandreth
From Aristophanes to Zeffirelli, from Gerard Depardieu to Mae West, in Break a Leg Gyles Brandreth introduces Michèle Brown, who has assembled a world-beating cast, including actors, dramatists, directors and even critics (‘A man who knows the way but cannot drive the car.’ Kenneth Tynan). She draws on plays, books, newspapers and table-talk and her collection of wise and witty lines includes the familiar and the completely unexpected. This is a work where Sarah Bernhardt is playing opposite Kenneth Branagh. Orson Welles is sharing the limelight with Samuel Beckett, Aphra Behn and Noel Coward, and the themes range from stage fright to star quality.
This is Gyles’ third title for Notting Hill Editions, with the previous being On Christmas: A Seasonal Anthology and Beautiful and Impossible Things: Selected Essays of Oscar Wilde.