Theatre, Cinema, Drama & The Performing Arts

Performing Arts, dance, music, cinema and all that goes with it. The magic and the reality of entertainment.

The Intention with all these specialist lists is that they will grow and change as the new stock comes in.


1906219062 GOLD,  Arthur & FIZDALE,  Robert:
THE DIVINE SARAH. A Life of Sarah Bernhardt.
Harper Collins, London, 1992. First edition, 8vo.pp.x + 353.Illustrated. Very Good hardcover in Very Good dust jacket.
Sarah Bernhardt was the first truly international star, with as huge following in Great Britain and America as in her native France. The inspiration for Oscar Wilde’s Salome. She was adored by Wilde, Dumas, Cocteau and Hugo. Marcel Proust immortalised her as Berma in Remembrance of Things Past. Even the amputation of a foot did not end her career.
$30.00 AUD

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The Divine Sarah. a Life of Sarah Gold & Fizdale.


2188221882 BRANAGH, Kenneth:
Illustrated by Phylidda Law.
Chatto & Windus, London, 1989 8vo.pp.xii+ 244 Very Good hardcover in Very Good dust jacket.
First Part of the autobiography of the Irish actor producer, director.
$20.00 AUD

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Beginning Kenneth Branagh Biography

2305123051 MORLEY, Sheridan:
JOHN GIELGUD The Authorised Biography .
Simon & Schuster, London, New York, 2002. royal 8vo.pp.528. index illustrations. Near Fine hard cover in Near Fine dust jacket.
$25.00 AUD

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John Geilgud The Authorized Biography by Sheridan Morley



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23940 ALEXANDER, H.M.:
STRIP TEASE The Vanished Art of Burlesque.
With 63 Candid Camera Photographs.
Knight Publishers, New York, 1938. 8vo.pp.xii + 124, 38 p photographs. Maroon cloth titled in silver.tanned endpapers. Very Good.
$110.00 AUD

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24442 BAKER, Josephine & BOUILLON, Jo:
Harper & Row, New York, 1977

Translated by Marianna Fitzpatrick.
ISBN 0060102128, 8vo. pp.xiii + 302 ,uncut edges, index, illustrations Very Good hardcover although the paper is uniformly toned in Chipped now protected dust wrapper.

Stories about the unique performer Josephine Baker are legendary but this is the only book that can possibly verify the truth written by Baker herself.
$30.00 AUD

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JOSEPHINE by Josephine Baker & Jo Bouillon .

2444324443 WOOD, Ean:
Sanctuary Publishing, London, 2000.

8vo., pp.326, index, illustrations Very Good hardcover in Very Good dust wrapper.
ISBN 1860742866

A legend, coming from intense poverty, she set the world alight with her sexual frankness and sensuality, she was a warrior and earned the Legion d’Honneur for her role as an undercover agent during World War II, in Harlem there is a Josephine Baker Day to honour her work for racial equality, typified by her adopting twelve orphans of all colours and creeds. Evicted by creditors from her chateaux she was rescued by Princess Grace and Prince Rainier of Monaco, later becoming famous all over again delighting audiences all over the world.
$20.00 AUD

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The Josephine Baker Story by Ean Wood.




1743317433 LOCKE ELLIOTT, Sumner:
Currency press, Sydney, 1980. Paperback. pp.xxxiv + 92. illustrated with b/w still photographs from the various productions of this controversial play about army life. Crease in the front cover else very good.The first edition with the unabridged text and the story of the early controversy.
$20.00 AUD

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Rusty Bugles by Sumner Locke Elliott.


22375 O’NEILL , Eugene :
Boni & Liveright ,New York , 1924.

Two Volumes 502 ,vi+ 457. quarter cloth papered boards with Eugene O’Neill’s signature embossed in gold on upper boards.uncut edges all corners are shelf worm and there is uniform aging..

ex libras plate designed by Australian printmaker Harold Byrne.on both endpapers.Original owners signature Dulcie Scott one of the original members of the La Bote Theatre Brisbane.

This is the Limited Edition 0f 1200 copies and is signed and Numbered by Eugene O’Neill This Number 76.
“Eugene (Gladstone) O’Neill was born in a Broadway hotel room in New York City on October 16, 1888. O’Neill won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1936, and Pulitzer Prizes for four of his plays: Beyond the Horizon (1920); Anna Christie (1922); Strange Interlude (1928); and Long Day’s Journey Into Night (1957). O’Neill is credited with raising American dramatic theater from its narrow origins to an art form respected around the world. He is regarded as America’s premier playwright.” Lucidcafe.He died in 1953      

$400.00 AUD

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The Complete Works of Eugene O’Neill .Limited Edition Signed by O’Neill.







21653 WILLIAMSON, David:
Currency Press, Sydney, 2000. softcover. pp.129, Very Good.
Two Plays that investigate the divergence of self interest and truth in public life.
$20.00 AUD

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The Great Man Sanctuary Two Plays by David Williamson


21467 WILLIAMS, Tennessee:
With an introduction by the author.
John Lehmann, London, 1948 First English Edition. 8vo.pp.95. Some some pale foxing else a Very Good hardcover in Very Good dust wrapper.
The Glass Menagerie the playscript of the Haymarket production and has an essay on The Catastrophe of Success by the author.
$400.00 AUD  $200.00.AUD

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The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams


21468 WILLIAMS, Tennessee:
Jacket design by Biro.
John Lehmann, London, 1949 First English Edition.8vo.pp.112. Very Good hardcover in Very Good price clipped dust wrapper.
This is the English reading text as approved by the author of one of the most discussed plays of the century. Uncommon in this condition.

$560.00 AUD  $280.00 AUD

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A Streetcar Named Desire.A Tennessee Williams




2428024208 JENKINS, Graham:
Introduction by Elizabeth Taylor.
Harper & Row, Philadelphia, 1988. 8vo.pp.247. illustrations. Very Good hardcover in very good dust wrapper.
ISBN0060159529. This biography of one of the greatest actors of his generation by his brother. An intimate portrait of the legendary hell raiser, drinker and womaniser, the affair and two marriages with Elizabeth Taylor. For an all round appraisal of the man and his milieu, this book would be hard to beat.
$20.00 AUD

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Richard Burton My Brother by Graham Jenkins.

2395623956 Fonda, Jane;
Jane Fonda. My Life so Far.
Random House, Sydney, 2005. Signed by author on title page with characteristic heart. 8vo.pp.xiii + 600. Filmography, index, credits and permissions, illustrations. Very good hardcover in very good dust jacket.
In this beautifully written memoir Jane Fonda holds a mirror up to her own life, and lets us see ourselves reflected there. With unflinchingly honesty she addresses her tragic relationship with her mother and her tortured one with her father; her lovers and husbands, from Roger Vadim to Ted Turner; her search for identity and her controversial political beliefs. The result is rare in its readability and sheer page turning force.’
$50.00 AUD

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Jane Fonda My Life So Far by Jane Fonda. signed copy

2378923789 SIMMONS, Dawn Langley:
Arthur Barker, London, 1984 8vo. pp.xxii + 196, illustrations. A few brown spots to endpapers else Very Good hardcover in Very Good dust wrapper.
ISBN 0213168901

Best known as the eccentric Miss Marples, and for her many appearances in British Cinema, instantly recognisable and beloved. Rutherford was an accomplished stage actress too. Written by her adopted daughter this biography opens the door to her private life, her devotion to her husband Stringer Davis whom she married in her fifties and her recurring melancholia and family demons.
$30.00 AUD

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Margeret Rutherford A Blithe Spirit by Dawn Langley Simmons



1789717897 HARDY, Forsyth:
JOHN GRIERSON. A Documentary Biography
Faber, London, 1979. First Edition pp.298. Illustrated. Previous owners name on ffendpaper, endpapers foxed else. Very Good hardcover in price clipped dust jacket.

John Grierson was a pioneering Scottish documentary maker, considered the father of British and Canadian documentary film. In 1926, Grierson coined the term “documentary” in a review of Robert Flaherty’s Moana.
$30.00 AUD

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John Grierson A Documentary Biography by Forsyth Hardy.








24803 BERRY, Chuck
CHUCK BERRY The Autobiography.

8vo.pp.xxii+ 346.index, .illustrations in text.Very Good with a couple of small marks in text and yet presents very well.Very Good hardcover in Very Good dust wrapper.
ISBN 0571151124

“If you tried to give Rock’n Roll another name you might call it ‘Chuck Berry”-John Lennon.

$50.00 AUD

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Chuck Berry The Autobiography



24800 COLIN,Sid & STAVEACRE,Tony:
Foreword by Denis Norden.
Elm Tree Books, London,1979

8vo.pp.xi+164 discography,index,illustrations. Very Good hardcover in Very Good dust wrapper.
ISBN 0241100577

Al Bowlly was a crooner in the Big Band era,launched to stardom on the newly established BBC when they broadcast from West End Hotels and restaurants in London,The bands became nationally recognised and the singers became personalities.He sang all over the world falling from grace on occasion and rising again. He died in his early forties the victim of a German bomb blast.

$35.00 AUD

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Al Bowlly by Sid Colin & Tony Staveacre.


24804 COLIN, Sid :
AND THE BANDS PLAYED ON.An informal history of British Dance Bands
Foreword by George Chisholm.
Elm Tree Books,London.1980.

8vo.Quality softcover. pp.139. with illustrations in text, brief Discography. Very Good.
ISBN 0241104483

From 1919 when the original Dixie Jazz Band played London, through to the golden age of the 1930s, to the big band invasion from America through the war years, Sid Colin traces the development of that popular music.

$15.00 AUD

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And The Bands Played On by Sid Colin


24806 McCARTHY, Albert:
THE DANCE BAND ERA. The Dancing Decades from Ragtime to Swing; 1910-1950.
Spring Books, London, 1971.

4to. pp.176. Illustrated throughout.index, discography, bibliography. Very Good hardcover in slightly chipped dust wrapper.
ISBN 0600329070

This book presents a vivid picture of the great era of the Big Bands.

$20.00 AUD

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The Dance Band Era by Albert McCarthy

24807 Whitehouse, Edmund'[compiler]
THIS ENGLAND’S BOOK OF BRITISH BIG BANDS From the Twenties to the Fifties.
This England Books, Cheltenham, 1999.

4to. pp.160. illustrated throughout. bibliography, index,list of top tunes. Very Good hardcover in original laminated pictorial boards.
ISBN 0906324254  

An illustrated guide to over 300 popular music makers.

$25.00 AUD

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This England’s Book of British Dance Bands compiled by Edmund Whitehouse.


Folio Society , London.1994.

Quarter red cloth with green papered boards in a pictorial slipcase.The words of the complete Savoy Operas . VVolume One Thespis, Trial by Jury, The Sorcerer, H.M.S.Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance, Patience, Iolanthe, Princess Ida. Vol ume Two. The Mikado, Ruddigore, The Yeomen of the Guard, The Gondoliers, Utopia (Limited), & The Grand Duke.TWO VOLUMES Fine in hardcover in Fine slipcase.

$55.00 AUD

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COMPLETE SAVOY OPERA by Gilbert & Sullivan.




2428024280 DANDRE, V.:
Cassell, London, 1932. First Edition Royal 8vo. pp,iv + 409. Blue cloth hardcover spine sunned but the vignette on the upper board is really bright. discreet owners signature else internally Very Good with one colour plate and beautiful sepia photographs throughout.
This exquisite ballerina inspired generations of dancers and defined the dying swan in Swan Lake.
$85.00 AUD

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Anna Pavlova by V.Dandre.

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