The Drama Book Shop is ecstatic to present a discussion and signing with actor, director, and writer, Simon Callow.
Simon Callow is an actor, director, and writer. Simon Callow made his stage debut in 1973 and came to prominence in a critically acclaimed performance as Mozart in the original stage production of Peter Shaffer's Amadeus at the Royal National Theatre in 1979. He is well known for a series of one-man shows that have toured internationally and featured subjects including Dickens, Oscar Wilde, Shakespeare, Jesus, and Richard Wagner. Among his many film roles is the character Gareth in Four Weddings and a Funeral. Callow simultaneously pursued careers as a director in theater and opera and an author of several books, including the biographical trilogy Orson Welles, Charles Dickens and the Great Theatre of the World, My Life in Pieces (winner of the Sheridan Morley Prize), Shooting the Actor, Being an Actor, and the biography Charles Laughton.
On his book Being Wagner:
Simon Callow, the celebrated author of Orson Welles, delivers a dazzling, swift, and accessible biography of the musical titan Richard Wagner and his profoundly problematic legacy - a fresh take for seasoned acolytes and the perfect introduction for new fans.
Richard Wagner's music dramas have never been more popular. His ten masterpieces, created against the backdrop of a continent in severe political and cultural upheaval, constitute an unmatched body of work. A man who spent most of his life in abject poverty, inspiring both crticial derision and hysterical hero worship, Wagner was a walking contradiction: belligernt, flirtatious, disciplined, capricious, demanding, visionary, and poisonously anti-Semitic.
Simon Callow, acclaimed biographer and celebrated author of Orson Welles, evokes the intellectual and artisitic climate in which Wagner lived and takes us through his most iconic works, from his pivotal successes in The Flying Dutchman and Lohengrin, to the musical paradigm shift contained in Tristan and Isolde, to the apogee of his achievements in The Ring and Parsifal, which debuted at Bayreuth shortly before his death. Being Wagner brings to life this towering figure, creator of the most sublime and most controversial body of work ever known. Callow delivers a dazzling, swift, and accessible biography of the musical titan Richard Wagner and his profoundly problematic legacy - a fresh take for seasoned acolytes and the perfect introduction for new fans.