Rud­man takes his en­core in print

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thing was a huge hit,” Rud­man laughs. He went on to en­joy mas­sive suc­cess as head of the Cottes­loe Theatre at the Na­tional, but his ca­reer hit the buf­fers for a while when he took on the job of artis­tic direc­tor at the Chich­ester Fes­ti­val Theatre.

“I was ar­ro­gant and op­ti­mistic — a bad com­bi­na­tion. It was also far too much work to do. I had no ad­min­is­tra­tive help and I was try­ing to di­rect three plays and pro­duce 10 more. It was be­yond me.” It was at this time that his mar­riage to Ken­dall broke down, although they have since re­vived their re­la­tion­ship. He says that his time in theatre has been hugely en­joy­able and on the whole a lot more straight­for­ward than you would imag­ine. He has also been gifted a huge reser­voir of sto­ries through en­coun­ters with leg­endary fig­ures like Sa­muel Beck­ett, Neil Si­mon, John Cleese and Rex Har­ri­son.

Hav­ing said that, when he orig­i­nally pro­duced a draft of his book, one edi­tor was less than im­pressed. “He said to me: ‘Life must be more than just a se­ries of anec­dotes.’ To which my an­swer was: ‘Are you sure?’” ‘I Joke Too Much’ is pub­lished by Caper­cail­lie Books, £12.99

PHOTO: MICHAEL MAY­HEW

War­ren Mitchell and Stephen Greif in Death of a Sales­man at the Na­tional in 1979

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