Page extent: 300
ISBN: 9781849430258
Binding: PaperBack

How to Produce a West End Show

Julius Green

PaperBack (29 Jun 2012)

Revised and updated edition: Coming November 2014

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.

Additional Information

ISBN13 9781849430258
Binding PaperBack
Page Extent 300



'If only I had read this book when I was producing plays, I wouldn't have lost all that money. This is the producer's Bible - complete with Ten Commandments and Revelations' Gyles Brandreth

'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

'Will become a bible to those with even a fleeting interest in producing… What Green doesn’t know in his 25 plus years as a theatre producer isn’t worth knowing… a must for anyone working in the theatre, not just producing.' The Public Reviews 

'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

'An excellent book which does exactly what it says on the tin. It’s a warts and all description of how West End productions get to the stage while at the same time being extremely readable. He even manages to make the complexities of VAT interesting' Ken Bennett-Hunter, Sightline

'A distillation of knowledge acquired from many years of practical experience, levelled with a laconic wit plus the odd anecdote or five from the sharp end of the business… an excellent background in industry practice and terminology ... Producing outside the West End, with other producers and even Broadway are touched on, making it even more comprehensive.. very readable… highly recommended.' 

‘An excellent book which is well worth a look for anyone wanting to work in theatre, not just aspiring producers.’ Alistair Smith, The Stage