In 1956, at the age of 22, Alan Bates was cast in John Osborne's controversial play, Look Back in Anger.
The play changed the course of British theatre - and of Alan's life.
With a sudden rush of fame, he became a member of a new circle of actors at the Royal Court: the English Stage Company.
From then on, he also worked steadily in television and won international acclaim for his roles in a number of major films, from A Kind of Loving and Zorba the Greek to Women in Love.
But his personal life was not always as seemingly straightforward as his career - his relationships, including that with his wife, Victoria Ward, were often turbulent.
Drawing on dozens of interviews with his family, lovers, colleagues and friends - and mining a rich store of primary research - Donald Spoto chronicles Alan's achievements as a performer against the backdrop of a complicated personal life.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 336 pages, 16 Illustrations, unspecified
- Publisher: Cornerstone
- Publication Date: 03/07/2008
- Category: Individual actors & performers
- ISBN: 9780099490968