12 Books Set in the Theatre World

All the world's a stage...

The theatre, with its cutthroat competition and backstage drama, is a natural place to set a good story. Whether you've dreamed about stepping behind the footlights and taking a final bow or are content to remain an audience member, these stories will transport you to the thespian world.

A Dead Man in Deptford cover

1. A Dead Man in Deptford

Anthony Burgess
The Understudy cover

2. The Understudy

David Nicholls
An Awfully Big Adventure cover

3. An Awfully Big Adventure

Beryl Bainbridge

4. Skinner's Festival

Quintin Jardine

5. The Rehearsal

Eleanor Catton
Lucky Break cover

6. Lucky Break

Esther Freud
Misdirection cover

7. Misdirection

Barclay Price
The Great Night cover

8. The Great Night

Chris Adrian
Black Snow cover

10. Black Snow

Mikhail Bulgakov
Wise Children cover

11. Wise Children

Angela Carter
One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson

12. One Good Turn

Kate Atkinson

List created by

Marion Bourbouze

Marion is the head of marketing at Scottish Book Trust