Peter Thomson is Emeritus Professor of Drama at the University of Exeter and a series editor for the Performance Studies series from UEP.
Having qualified as a Russian interpreter during his national service, he read English at Jesus College, Cambridge, was a Canada Council scholar at the University of Toronto, a lecturer in Drama at the University of Manchester and at University College, Swansea before becoming Professor of Drama at Exeter.
He is author and editor of numerous books including The Everyman Companion to the Theatre (Dent, 1985), Shakespeare's Theatre (Routledge, revised edition 1992), The Cambridge Companion to Brecht (Cambridge, 1994), Shakespeare's Professional Career (Cambridge, new edition 1999) and On Actors and Acting (UEP, 2000).
This is a book for theatre-lovers, written for anyone who shares the author's curiosity about the art of acting and about theatre past and present. Three sections cover from the Elizabethan period to the 20th century.