The House of Redgrave

The House of Redgrave by Tim Adler

The Lives of a Theatrical Dynasty

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Format: Hardback, 384 Pages
ISBN: 9781845136239
Publisher: Aurum Press
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From the landmark films of Tony Richardson to the untimely death of Natasha Richardson – this is the saga of one of the greatest dynasties in British film and theatre.

In 1937, at the end of a production of Hamlet at the Old Vic, Laurence Olivier strode to the front of the stage to hush the audience and announced, pointing at his co-star Michael Redgrave, 'Tonight a great actress has been born. Laertes has a daughter.' He meant Vanessa Redgrave. That is where this dramatic book’s story begins. It concludes in 2009, with the sudden and tragic death in a skiing accident of Vanessa’s daughter Natasha Richardson – and further family sorrow soon to follow with the deaths of both Corin and Lynn Redgrave.

The story of this amazing family is explosive throughout - from the tangled private life of Tony Richardson, Natasha’s father, who directed major films such as Look Back in Anger, to Vanessa and Corin’s complicated involvement with the Workers Revolutionary Party, to the emergence of a fourth generation of fine actors with Natasha and Joely.


There is truly never a dull moment – but plenty of scandal, melodrama, tragedy and intrigue – in the story of this remarkable dynasty, whose contribution to British drama and film has been immense.

TIM ADLER'S previous books are Hollywood and the Mob and The Producers: Money, Movies and Who Really Calls the Shots. He has written for the Daily Telegraph, the Financial Times and The Times.

Format: Hardback, 384 Pages
ISBN: 9781845136239
Size: 9.213 in x 0.362 in x 6.024 in / 234 mm x 9.2 mm x 153 mm
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'Adler’s compulsively readable account is no hatchet job. It is well-written and extensively researched'

'A dazzling and at times poignant chronicle of a brilliant yet benighted family.'

'Of interest to Redgrave fans, theatrical historians and lovers of gossip.'

'Fascinating ... shrewdly observed'

'Highly readable'

‘A devastatingly funny portrait of our leading dynasty of uber-luvies.’

May 17, 2013
ELLE Magazine Online has published some excerpts of the Aurum Press title "The House of Redgrave: The Lives of a Theatrical Dynasty." The magazine writes: "Consider the legacy of three generations of actors: Patriarch Michael's near-mythic Shakespearean performances; the prolific careers of his daughters, Lynn and Vanessa; and Vanessa's marriage to groundbreaking filmmaker Tony Richardson. Then, there is the modern-day celebrity of Richardson daughters Natasha and Joely; Natasha's golden-couple marriage to Liam Neeson; and, of course, her tragic end. Tim Adler's unauthorized bio, The House of Redgrave: The Lives of a Theatrical Dynasty details the complex idiosyncrasies and salacious goings-on of a bohemian, politically rebellious, sexually insatiable, hugely talented, and close-knit family. We couldn't put it down." Read More.
January 9, 2013
Quayside Publishing Group will distribute The House of Redgrave, a controversial biography of the legendary Hollywood family, when the book is released in the U.S. in March. Read More.