• "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