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Book: Brief Candle by Elizabeth Housden

Book: Brief Candle by Elizabeth Housden

categories: Book, Modern Romance, Women's Fiction, Suspense, Mystery, Theatre, Drama, Literary Fiction


Elizabeth Housden

Author Elizabeth Housdenabout this book: What was it that made the world famous classical actor, Sir Peter Frensham choose to perform an extract from Macbeth to delight the millions of viewers to his television interview? Surely he knew of the curse of the Scottish Play? If he thought he was safe from it, then he was wrong. His frightened wife and contemptuous son believed it to be have been unwise...

The theatre world is agog waiting to see who is to be cast in the latest revival of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice to be staged by the great classical director, Sir Malcolm Masterson. He is famous for his unique interpretations, original slant on plays performed endlessly and new and different castings. As he watches the auditions, he spots newcomer, Camilla Weston, young, beautiful and talented and without hesitation gives her the lead role of Portia. Opposite her, he has cast Leo Frensham, the son of his oldest friend who is considered to be the finest Shakespearean actor of his day. Leo, too, is original, highly gifted and handsome and beginning to be well known. But Leo has another reputation - girls, lots of them. And his particular liking seemingly to be his leading ladies. Camilla is notoriously choosy about boyfriends. How will she react to the undeniably good-looking and charming but supposedly philandering and fickle, Leo? But unbeknownst to both Leo and Camilla someone else wants her for himself. As rehearsals become ever more intense as the first night beckons, they are unaware that danger is closing in on her...

I have worked as a professional actress all my life. I know full well how fascinated members of the public are about life backstage and in the lives off stage of the leading actors. So drawing on my own knowledge of auditions, directors, rehearsals, costume fittings, first nights, publicity, the whole of the world of theatre, in fact, I have created this story. All the characters, though are my imagination. You will find no one drawn or taken from real life, only the flavour of what is in the wings and beyond is real! Here and there, too, I use the expressions we use, our jargon, as we all do whatever the profession but for those who are interested there is a glossary at the end in case you want to know a little more about the expressions and why we use them.

The title, Brief Candle, is, as are all the titles of my books, a quote from something relevant. Brief Candle comes from a speech from Macbeth. Not for nothing is Macbeth considered bad luck for actors and for one of the cast in this book that is a superstition that comes very firmly home to roost...

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