Maggie Smith: A View From The Stalls

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  • Author Name: Caroline Fevrier
  • Publication Date: 28/03/2018
  • Format: Paperback

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Dame Maggie Smith stands as a remarkable example of the concomitance – in a performer’s career – of typecasting and characterisation, that is the ability to impersonate ‘against type’ infinitely various screen or stage characters.

This book of appreciation essentially aims at correcting the preconceived image that the general public has of Dame Maggie Smith. Focusing on the last twenty-five years, it examines, through the many parts she has played since the early 1990s, her ability to go beyond typecasting and give, thanks to her chameleon skills, nuanced and convincing portrays of infinitely diverse characters.

From The Importance of Being Earnest to Gosford Park and Becoming Jane, to Downton Abbey and Sister Act, to The Last September and the Harry Potter saga, Dame Maggie Smith has had a wide spanning career in TV and Film. Not to mention her theatrical work on the stage.

Author Caroline Fevrier lives in Paris, France and has a passion for theatre and performing. Caroline holds a PhD in Literature and Humanities and an MA in Literature and Drama. She was also trained as a professional performer and has been involved in several stage productions and short movies. Caroline regularly gives lectures on theatre and performance to academic audiences and had published several books on literature and humanities, and now focuses closely on the performing arts.

3 reviews for Maggie Smith: A View From The Stalls

  1. Sarah – Goodreads

    Ever since I was a child and I saw ‘Hook’ at the cinema, I have always been a great admirer of Maggie Smith’s work. I have therefore found it disappointing that there is a shortage of books focusing on the career of such a talented actress. After seeing publicity on Twitter advertising a new book about Maggie Smith, I was certainly very excited!

    The book immediately caught my attention as in addition to being incredibly well researched, it also contains very humorous and brilliantly drawn caricatures of the actress. Rather than write a biography, the author has produced a fascinating critical study focusing on the last twenty-five years of Maggie Smith’s colourful career and her ability to portray a range of memorable and diverse characters on TV, film and theatre.

    The book not only discusses Maggie’s roles in films such as Sister Act, Gosford Park and Harry Potter, but also looks her work in the theatre since the 1990s.

    I would definitely recommend this book to all fans and admirers of Maggie Smith, as it makes for a fascinating read; the drawings are also delightful!

  2. Iona Shrauder

    I would buy any book on my favorite actress and I liked this one. Unlike the biography already published, it’s not about the actress herself, but her roles and the movies and plays she has done since the 90. My only complaint would be that the first part of her career is missing here, but the whole is carefully researched, with many references. Don’t buy if you’re looking for a biography, but if you are interested in actors and drama, it is a good read.

  3. Sonia Nguyen

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book about Maggie Smith’s work. It goes well beyond a simple biography and showed in depth research and analysis of some of Maggie Smith’s most brilliant moments as a stage and screen actress. I learnt a lot and was fascinated by some of the facts in this book. It is well written and reads easily. The illustrations are adorable and add character to an already well rounded book. I highly recommend it to anyone who is truly interested or even just curious about the actress, as it gives you meaningful insight into the world of a talented and versatile artist.

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