Tuesday, 20 December 2016

The Playhouse On The Park by Edward Thomas

The Playhouse On The Park by Edward Thomas
First published in the UK by the Friends of the Devonshire Park Theatre in 1997. Second (updated) edition published in 2009.

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How I got this book:
Received as a birthday gift

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Written by Friend of the Devonshire Park Theatre Edward Thomas, Playhouse On The Park is an amazing resource, a detailed history of Eastbourne's Devonshire Park Theatre in all her glory from her very beginning in 1884 until 2009. The book is a little dry in places but the sheer volume of information packed into the fairly dense tome kept me occupied for hours as this was my local theatre at the time I received the book.

I particularly liked the reproductions of vintage posters and programmes and the stories of 'Names' who have graced the Devonshire's tiny stage. Even Bela Lugosi had appeared on that steep rake stage! The theatre keeps going despite changing fashions and economic worries and the present day is not the first time that low audience numbers have been cause for concern. But there are many triumphs too and it was fascinating for me to learn about the Devonshire Park's extensive history.

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1 comment:

  1. I'm selling my copy of The Playhouse On The Park on eBay right now