'An exceptionally well-written, drily inflected and amusing book…full of useful words of wisdom…a valuable addition to the confessional memoirs of his fellow cigar-suckers Oscar Lewenstein, Michael White and Michael Codron’ —Michael Coveney, What's On Stage
‘To cover all the many possibilities in a readable form might seem an impossible task, but it is a task that Green achieves with honesty, good humour and wit’ —The Stage
'What makes this book so good is the author's experience and willingness to provide really practical advice…every facet of the business is patiently and intelligibly explained…this well-written volume gives a real behind-the-scenes insight into what it takes to put together a major production…Whether you want to become a West End producer, try your hand in Edinburgh or a fringe venue or just wish to learn a great deal more about life in the theatre today, this book comes strongly recommended.' —British Theatre Guide
How to Produce a West End Show demystifies the working world of live theatre. This is an insider account that maps an entry route into the industry and examines the challenges faced by West End producers.
• How to budget and finance a show
• How to assemble a cast and creative team
• How to work with writers, directors and designers
• How to book a West End theatre and a pre-West End tour
• How to advertise and market your show
Julius Green shares the experience he’s gained as one of the UK’s most prolific theatre producers to illuminate the glamorous, gritty process of putting on a West End show.
A compelling read for anyone who works in or is interested in the theatre.
Julius Green has over 150 plays and musicals to his credit (in the West End, on tour and on the Fringe) as an independent theatre producer and a further 100 (in the West End, on tour and on Broadway) as Senior Producer for Bill Kenwright Limited. He has served on the Board of Management of the Society of London Theatre and the Board of Directors of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society and is a Director of the Academy of Circus Arts.
Julius is an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Arts and Humanities at Birkbeck College, University of London, where he teaches on the MA course in Creative Producing, and is a guest lecturer for the MA course in Creative Producing at Central School of Speech and Drama. He taught the Arts Administration module of the Leisure and Tourism BA at the University of North London and lectures on theatre producing for the Theatre Royal Haymarket's Masterclass series. He has contributed articles to Theatre Magazine and The Stage newspaper.