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Ken Campbell The Great Caper Book

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  • Format: Book
  • Artist: Ken Campbell
  • Hardback/Paperback: Paperback
  • Cat Number: 1848420762
  • Barcode: 9781848420762

The first authorised biography of the anarchic comic genius much cherished for his performances on stage and screen. Book of the Week on BBC Radio 4.

Ken Campbell (1941-2008) was a one-man whirlwind who tore through the British theatre establishment using well-rehearsed anarchy and a genius for surreal comedy. Starting out in rep at Stoke-on-Trent he founded the Ken Campbell Road Show whose members included the then-unknown Bob Hoskins and Sylvester McCoy and which toured pubs and clubs with dramatised urban myths and shaggy-dog stories. His later shows included Illuminatus! the first show at the National Theatre s studio and the 22-hour The Warp the longest play in the world.


On television he played corrupt lawyer Alex Gladwell in the 1970s series Law and Order and was Alf Garnett s neighbour Fred Johnson in the sitcom In Sickness and in Health. He later found a devoted audience with his mesmerising one-man shows which he toured worldwide. Theatre critic Michael Coveney was given unrestricted access to Campbell's letters notebooks and original scripts. From these and from interviews with Campbell's many devoted/bemused collaborators he has chronicled the life of the anarchic and uncompromising genius that was Ken Campbell. Alternately inspiring and jaw-dropping The Great Caper is the story of a unique and inimitable talent in British theatre.

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