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Stephen Lacey

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780719066283

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719066283.001.0001

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From actor to producer: into the driving seat

From actor to producer: into the driving seat

(p.11) 1 From actor to producer: into the driving seat
Tony Garnett

Tony Garnett

Manchester University Press

This chapter focuses on Garnett's journey from an actor to a producer. The study briefly highlights the interests and works of Garnett. His chief interest was always acting, and he spent much of his time as a teenager at Stratford, the home of the Royal Shakespeare Company. After leaving school, he acted in local repertory theatres before taking up a place at the University of London where he studied psychology. He spent little time at the university, and developed a parallel career as an actor whilst studying. By the late 1950s and early 1960s, he was a relatively successful actor, rarely out of work, and with a profile of creditable performances on television and, occasionally, film. Eventually, he stepped into the driving seat as a producer. Garnett was one of the first generation of producers who were also directors and operated in different ways to other producers employed in the Drama Group.

Keywords:   actor, producer, psychology, television, directors

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