• One of the very best theatre books ever

    Alec Guinness
  • Remarkable...extraordinarily well written, perceptive and rivetingly sympathetic

    John Gielgud
  • Simon Callow is a writer - and a very good one too. Few people can match him in catching with words the physical excitement of a great performance

    Peter Hall
  • Callow’s emphatic biography certainly presents this complicated man in all his contradictory roles

    Sally Morris, Daily Mail
  • a fine character actor’s tribute to the king of the tribe. The numerous insights show Callow to be that rarity, an actor who can write about acting

    Jake Kerridge, Sunday Telegraph

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