This book is partly a book about business. It may be the business of theatre but it's business nevertheless. It tells of Hytner's 12 years running the National Theatre. The reason his time was so successful there was because of his harmonious and necessary relationship with his business partner Nick Starr. Although broadly the former was Mr Arts and the latter Mr Money, they understood each other implicitly. It is a fascinating balancing act and really makes you understand how incredibly difficult it is to make theatre a successful business without losing its integrity. But business is business in whatever field and because theatre is my interest, this book gave me a business insight I previously would have expressed no interest in.
Also if you have no interest in theatre as an art form, Hytner is such an engaging writer that I think the book is worth a go. He really knows his stuff. He is very insightful on his own directing and productions and there's a lot to learn from him - you don't need to know much about the subject to enjoy his writings
What it isn't is a gossipy showbiz book, or an insight into Hytner as a person. But it's an easy read: he is funny, charming and modest (not self-effacing). He owns up to mistakes and explains how he learnt from them. If theatre is a mirror of life, then there is much to learn from this book.