Michael Blakemore's award-winning theatre and film productions span six decades. In 1971, he joined the National Theatre as Associate Director under Laurence Oliver. Having staged eight productions, he found himself increasingly uncomfortable under Peter Hall's new regime. Stage Blood (Faber), his second volume of memoirs is the candid and at times painfully funny story of the events that led to his dramatic exit in 1976. With elegance and gusto he recalls the triumph and flops, and his volatile relationship with Olivier, who he so memorably directed in Long Day's Journey into Night.