Staged script book set to be published

Thursday 18th February 2021, 3:05pm

  • Completely Staged, featuring the illustrated scripts from TV show Staged, is set to be released
  • The 384 page book is currently being crowdfunded via Unbound
  • Rewards on offer for backers include t-shirts, mugs, tote bags, posters and more
Staged. Image shows from L to R: David (David Tennant), Michael (Michael Sheen). Copyright: BBC / Simon Ridgeway.

A book featuring the scripts of Staged, the comedy series starring David Tennant and Michael Sheen, is set to be published.

Simon Evans and Phin Glynn, the creators of the format, have compiled Completely Staged, described as "the complete illustrated scripts of the lockdown hit TV show."

Completely Staged.

It is set to be released via Unbound, the book-based crowdfunding platform. When 100% of the funding has been achieved, copies will be printed for those who backed the project.

The publishers say: "Unbound are delighted to present Completely Staged, the show's official companion, containing the complete text of the screenplays from Staged's writer and director, Simon Evans, and co-creator, Phin Glynn. With a foreword from writer and broadcaster Gyles Brandreth, this handsome hardback is crammed with more than 100 images (many never seen before) - from photographs, screenshots and illustrations, to pages from the musical score and tips on how-to-draw-a-pineapple-David-Tennant-style - along with Simon Evans's exclusive director's notes. The book has been compiled and edited by Staged's co-producer Victor Glynn and Sophie Goldsworthy."

A sample page revealed on Unbound shows significant annotations:

Completely Staged extract.

The eBook can be obtained for £10, whilst a signed first edition of the 384 page hardback is priced at £35. Other rewards on offer include t-shirts, mugs, tote bags, a slipcase edition, posters, and the chance to attend an online acting masterclass run by Simon Evans. Full details can be seen via Unbound

Staged, which also stars Georgia Tennant and Anna Lundberg, launched in June 2020 as a reaction to coronavirus lockdown. The eight-part second series followed in January 2021. The 14 episodes were released on DVD on Monday.

Earlier today, it was revealed that Staged had been nominated for Best Comedy in the Broadcasting Press Guild Awards, with Tennant up for the Best Actor prize too. Meanwhile, last month in the Awards, the show was voted by comedy fans as the Best New TV Sitcom of 2020. Below is the acceptance video that Tennant and Sheen filmed:

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Completely Staged

Completely Staged

Starring David Tennant and Michael Sheen, along with A-list guests, the award-winning and critically acclaimed British television comedy series Staged was an instant hit. Launched during the global coronavirus pandemic, the show follows the two thespians playing fictionalised versions of themselves as they try to rehearse a play during lockdown... over Zoom.

Completely Staged presents the complete text of the BBC screenplays from Staged's writer and director Simon Evans and co-creator Phin Glynn. It features a foreword written by Gyles Brandreth and is illustrated throughout in full colour with stills from the show, original drawings, sheet music for the theme tune, Georgia Tennant's carrot cake recipe, tips on how to draw a pineapple and much more.

First published: Thursday 16th September 2021

Staged - Series 1 And 2

Staged - Series 1 And 2

David Tennant and Michael Sheen (playing themselves) were due to star in a production of Six Characters In Search Of An Author in the West End. The pandemic has put paid to that, but their director (Simon Evans - also playing himself) is determined not to let the opportunity pass him by. He knows how big a chance this is for him and turns his attention to cajoling his stars into rehearsing over the internet.

Includes all episodes from Series 1 & 2 of the critically acclaimed BBC One comedy.

First released: Monday 15th February 2021

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