Theatre Lore is the essential dictionary for all who wish to know the meaning of stage jargon and avoid the possible calamities and embarrassments of this exciting but most dangerous of professions. Read by thousands since its first edition in 2012, it offers an inside understanding of the workings of the stage, free of solemnities but full of truths. Charting the dangers and delights of stage work it has been used throughout lockdowns as an alternative to dank television repeats or as an antidote to the lack of live theatre. Ageless and so virus free, it continues to inform and amuse.
Nick Bromley has drawn on his experiences of a fifty year career of pitfalls in theatre and used this knowledge to create this definitive work. With a foreword by Simon Callow, it also features the final published cartoons by the late Simon Bond, famous, or perhaps infamous if you are a feline admirer, for his 101 Uses of a Dead Cat.
Theatre Lore demands to be read by all interested in the workings of the stage. It is especially useful for those wishing to take up the metier for it has always been less expensive than drama schools and unlike some, more visually attractive. Sticky, soiled, second-hand copies can possibly be found cheaper on other websites but, Theatre Lore, like any top shelf magazine, is best read pristine and new.
Theatre Lore is informative, honest, sometimes brutal but very funny. For anyone working in or interested in theatre, a copy should be on your shelves.
Jenny Antill for Broadway World. Read the full review.