Theatre Craft

A Director's Practical Companion from A to Z

Faber and Faber published my book Theatre Craft on 18th March 2010. It is a comprehensive hand-book for the professional director – or the aspirant amateur.

“This book is written with such humour and common sense that I may have to carry it around with me all the time.” Judi Dench

“John Caird’s book is ample evidence of his skill, sensitivity, and good humour. Every young director should have a copy to hand.” Simon Russell Beale

“John Caird is the most generous of mentors—delightful and delighted by the people around him. A director gifted with musicality, rigour, wit, and good grace.” Fiona Shaw

"Caird's witty, no-nonsense approach to theatre is totally refreshing...playwrights will find this book inspiring." Timberlake Wertenbaker

"John Caird understands actors and he respects playwrights and he knows how to bring them together. He is a clever and humane director with an enviable lightness of touch. He brings out the best in people and he knows what works" Charlotte Jones

The British Theatre guide review of the book can be found here. The review can be found here. Further reviews can be found here and here.

THEATRE CRAFT was launched at the National Theatre on 9th April 2010.

I was interviewed about the book by Simon Russell Beale as part of the platform performance series in the Lyttleton Theatre in April 2010.