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Shadowplay review È 100 ☆ 1878 The Lyceum Theatre London Three extraordinary people begin their life together a life that will be full of drama transformation passionate and painful devotion to art and to one another Henry Irving the Chief is the volcanic leading man and impresario; Ellen Terry is the most lauded and desired actress of her generation outsp1878 The Lyceum Theatre London Three extraordinary people begin their life together a life that will be full of drama transformation passionate and painful devotion to art and to one another Henry Irving the Chief is the volcanic leading man and impresario; Ellen Terry is the most lauded and desired actress of her generation outspoken and generous of heart; and ever following along behind them in the s. We've all heard of Dracula but have you ever wondered about the man who invented him Shadowplay is a fictionalized retelling of Bram Stoker's life beginning with his origins as a Dublin civil servant When Stoker writes a positive review of actor Henry Irving's Hamlet Irving hires him to run his Lyceum Theatre Stoker and his wife Flo are excited by their new life in London but when he discovers the wretched state of the theatre and experiences the first lash of Irving's notorious temper the young writer begins to uestion his decision After a lot of hard work the Lyceum starts to make a profit and the two men become at ease in one another's company They are soon joined by the beguiling Ellen Terry the finest actress of her generation Though he is swamped by his job Stoker still finds time to write undeterred by the muted reception for his output Inspired by the people he meets at the theatre he conjures up a charismatic Count from Transylvania and sets about writing a story that will ensure his name will be never be forgottenI knew little about the life of Bram Stoker before reading this novel so it was interesting to learn about him Of course Dracula became a sensation after he had passed so he never received recognition for his talents and you can sense his frustration in this story I had never heard of Ellen Terry or Henry Irving who has been referred to as the Mick Jagger of Victorian theatre The book suggests there was something of a love triangle between the three of them with Stoker's unreuited feelings for Terry a considerable source of disappointment on his part I admired the colourful portrait of Victorian London that O'Connor painted with Jack the Ripper terrorizing the locals But I'm afraid the novel never caught fire for me as a whole much as I enjoyed the verbal jousting between Stoker and Irving the narrative lacked any sort of momentum I'm still glad I read Shadowplay but it was of an educational experience than a riveting story

Joseph OConnor Ó 0 free read

Hadows is the unremarkable theatre manager Bram Stoker Fresh from life in Dublin as a clerk Bram may seem the least colourful of the trio but he is wrestling with dark demons in a new city in a new marriage and with his own literary aspirations As he walks the London streets at night streets haunted by the Ripper and the gossip which swirls around his friend Oscar Wilde he finds new inspiration But the. I do like books set around the theatre This was a very evocative and atmospheric read and I really enjoyed the clever elements that lead us through the journey of Bram’s writing Dracula Irving was a well drawn character and I really felt for Bram’s poor wife But I felt the book went off in too many different directions and the style of chopped up narrative is not one I enjoy A very good read though

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ShadowplayChief is determined that nothing will get in the way of his managers devotion to the Lyceum and to himself And both men are enchanted by the beauty and boldness of the elusive Ellen This exceptional novel explores the complexities of love that stands dangerously outside social convention the restlessness of creativity and the experiences that led to Dracula the most iconic supernatural tale of all tim. In this fictionalized account of the life of Bram Stoker the author adopts some of the literary techniues of Stoker’s famous novel Dracula including the use of diary entries letters and transcripts of conversations as well as traditional third person narration As Stoker struggles – with limited success – to achieve his literary aspirations some of the fun is spotting names and places that will later find their way into DraculaThe core of the novel is the relationship between Bram Stoker and the bombastic Sir Henry Irving When famed actress Ellen Terry arrives on the scene it creates an even turbulent triangle Poor Florence Bram Stoker’s wife is rather left out in the cold as the Lyceum Theatre becomes central to Stoker’s life Not to mention attending to the whims of Sir Henry Irving an eually all consuming occupation the main ualification for which seems to be the ability to consume large uantities of alcoholI loved the descriptions of the theatrical performances and all the backstage goings on There is a great episode where Oscar Wilde attends a performance and provokes a very raucous after show party The author also throws in some supernatural elements and it’s all set against the backdrop of a London stalked by Jack the RipperThe last uite long section of the book transports the reader ahead a number of years and has a distinctly melancholy tone as age and infirmity catch up with the main characters I found the end of the book poignant and rather movingI listened to the audiobook version narrated by Anna Chancellor and Barry McGovern To be fair the latter does the majority of the narration with Anna Chancellor contributing a couple of sections purporting to be recordings of Ellen Terry’s recollections of Sir Henry Irving These are wickedly funny and delivered in Anna Chancellor’s inimitable style Where Ellen Terry appears elsewhere in the book she is voiced by Barry McGovern rather than by Anna Chancellor even in chapters told from the point of view of Ellen Terry However I can’t fault Barry McGovern’s representation of the rich plummy tones of Sir Henry Irving or the soft Irish lilt of Bram StokerShadowplay is inventive imaginative and full of Gothic atmosphere I can definitely see why it has earned a place on The Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2020 shortlist