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Updated: Sep 3


I’ve never been one for novels. At a push, I’ll read the occasional autobiography [full disclaimer: I've not even read all the Harry Potter books... judge me all you want!] - now that’s out the way - I’ll be the first to admit I just don’t have the concentration span. But when it comes to play-scripts… I could read for hours!


Books can form an important part of an actor’s toolkit. From play-scripts to industry survival guides to continued professional development, every actor can benefit from reading further into the craft. Books are long-lasting, and will probably outlive many of us (morbid thought...) but it's also pretty cool to think how many generations of actor or reader have held and learned from the same copy you're currently reading. No? Just me then...


I wanted to share my top ten favourite books, all of which have become a favourite for a variety of reasons, and I've done so in the hope they will encourage you - the reader and the actor - to scope them out and see if they resonate with you too. I also hope that some, or even one book on this list will inspire you to explore other similar texts. Maybe later down the line I'll explain why these are my top ten favourite books, but until then - happy reading!


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The Golden Rules of Acting

Andy Nyman

Published by: Nick Hern Books

ISBN: 9781848422537






Acting: Cut the Crap, Cue the Truth

Natalie Burt

Published by: Oberon Books

ISBN: 9781849434799






An Actor Prepares

Konstantin Stanislavski

Published by: Bloomsbury Academic

ISBN: 9781780938431






The Complete Brecht Toolkit

Stephen Unwin

Published by: Nick Hern Books

ISBN: 9781854595508





Samuel Beckett The Complete Dramatic Works

Samuel Beckett

Published by: Faber and Faber

ISBN: 9780571229154







The RSC Shakespeare: The Complete Works

William Shakespeare

Published by: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 9780230003507






Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Acting (But Were Afraid To Ask, Dear)

West End Producer

Published by: Nick Hern Books

ISBN: 9781848423473






Shakespeare's Words: A Glossary and Language Companion

David Crystal & Ben Crystal

Published by: Penguin

ISBN: 9780140291179






The Complete Stanislavsky Toolkit

Bella Merlin

Published by: Nick Hern Books

ISBN: 9781848424067








The Theatre Of The Absurd

Martin Esslin

Published by: Methuen Drama

ISBN: 9781472577023

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