Next Season by Michael Blakemore is a fascinating study of a distinguished theatrical "Rep" company in northern England in the late 1950s. Published in the early 60s, it was passed around backstage under plain cover at Britain's National Theatre, since it was thought to contain less-than-flattering portraits based on living theatrical eminences. (Is it Stratford? Is that Sir L?...) It can be enjoyed by any reader who likes a good yarn of backstage shenanigans.