Michael Lesslie

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Plays by Michael Lesslie

Swimming with Sharks

Bloomsbury Publishing
Type: Text

Swimming with Sharks, adapted from the George Huang film by playwright Michael Lesslie, is an incisive look into the cut-throat world of Hollywood filmmaking.

From bringing him coffee to getting him laid, it's up to new assistant and aspiring screenwriter Guy to satisfy every whim of the incendiary Buddy Ackerman. Buddy’s a powerful movie producer who makes horrorporn box-office smashes, and is, appropriately, the boss from hell. Blinded by the promise of a fast track up the Hollywood ladder, Guy is about to find out that moviemaking is not for the faint-hearted. If he's going to rise to the top, then he'll need to play by Buddy's rules. And Buddy plays dirty.

Lesslie’s slick, fast-talking adaptation premiered in 2007 at the Vaudeville Theatre, London.

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Michael Lesslie is an English playwright, with many stage and screen adaptations to his name. His The Constant Prince completed an acclaimed international tour before transferring to both London's Arcola Studio and the Oxford Playhouse in 2005. In 2007 he adapted Swimming with Sharks, while his Prince of Denmark was performed at the National Theatre as part of 2012's Connection season.