Performing arts publisher Nick Hern Books is publishing Sir Antony Sher’s acting memoir, Year of the Fat Knight: The Falstaff Diaries (April, £16.99).
In 1985 Sher wrote Year of the King, an account of preparing for and playing Richard III, which became a theatre literature classic. The new book is his account of playing Falstaff in Gregory Doran’s critically acclaimed Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) productions “Henry IV, Part I” and “Henry IV, Part II”. The book includes paintings and sketches by Sher, alongside an exploration of one of Shakespeare’s most iconic characters.
Sher has worked in theatre for more than three decades, and was knighted in 2000. In addition to being a study of Falstaff’s character and the experience of inhabiting it, the book also paints “a uniquely close-up portrait of the RSC at work”. The memoir will be featured as BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week in the week commencing 4th May.
Nick Hern Books has published plays and theatre books since 1988, when it started as an imprint of Walker Books. In 1990 it was taken on by Random House, before becoming fully independent in 1993.