Round the Footlights
The unofficial theatre tour
Britain has the most amazing collection of performance spaces. I have worked in the arts for over 40 years, and latterly undertook a joyous tour of them.
This is the story of my journey, from Scotland to the South West. The spaces which made the final cut are not all "top" theatres. They even include sporting stadia, a theatre in a barracks, allotments and a cathedral. I've asked others about their favourite performance spaces too - probably the biggest survey of its kind. Are you curious about which win out for Alan Ayckbourn, Gregory Doran, Tony Robinson, Harriet Walter and hundreds of others?
This unofficial tour has unexpected features, including poetry, recipes, farewells to the departed, such as Peter O'Toole, and research into the best ice cream flavours.
"A truly absorbing modern-day journey around Britain's much loved theatres, Mick Escott's book is packed full of personal reflections and stories, facts and observations. Recommended reading if you're planning to visit theatres." Theatres Trust Magazine
"Surprising, charming and entertaining. A must-have for everyone who loves and values the theatre." Stephanie Cole
"A very personal, and at times engagingly idiosyncratic odyssey around U.K. theatre venues by a writer who has spent a lifetime working in them. I have hugely enjoyed revisiting old haunts in Mick's company and gaining insights into many more that I have never encountered" Andrew Hilton, Artistic Director, Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory