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PRE-ORDER Centre Stage: Lessons from Actors on the Art of Charisma

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Standard 

We ship out our items using Royal Mail Standard Delivery. We aim to ship your item within two working days. You will receive email confirmation once your order has shipped.  

Our standard delivery times vary slightly according to the delivery destination. For items which we have in stock at the shop, we aim to deliver within: 

UK – 2–5 working days 

Europe – 5–7 working days 

Rest of the world – 10–14 working days 

Please note, if your order contains print-on-demand prints, certain clothing items or specialist books, these will be dispatched separately to the rest of your order. This means that you will receive your order in multiple deliveries and not all items at once. Where this is the case, our team will be in contact with you to update you on when certain items have shipped. If in doubt, please contact us to check the status of your order. 

Print on demand 

We are delighted to be able to offer customisable print-on-demand items in collaboration with King and McGaw. Each print is made by hand in the UK, which does mean these take a little longer to prepare.  

King and McGaw will dispatch your custom print directly to you from their studio in Sussex. It can take up to four weeks for prints to be created and sent. You will receive a shipping notification via email, when your print has been dispatched.  

If you have ordered other items, which are not printed on demand, these will be shipped separately by our team at the bookshop and standard delivery times apply.  

 

Delivery costs 

We are pleased to offer our customers free standard delivery for UK orders over £100. This offer does not include print-on-demand prints. Below is the breakdown of our shipping costs per country and order value.  

UK 

Below £50: £4.95 

£50–£100: £2.95 

£100+: FREE 

Europe  
Below £50: £12 

Over £50: £25 

Rest of the World  
Below £50: £15 

Over £50: £30 

Order tracking 

We send international orders tracked. If you have placed an international order, you will receive a tracking number in your shipping dispatch email. If you cannot see your tracking number, please contact us for this.  

For UK orders, we offer the option of an upgraded special delivery service at checkout for £11.95. This allows UK orders to be sent via Royal Mail Special Delivery and a tracking number will be supplied to customers using this delivery option. 

Print on demand  

Our print on demand items are excluded from our free shipping offer. You can see the shipping cost breakdown below.  

Unframed prints (per order):  

UK: £7 

Europe: £15  

Rest of the world: dependent on destination 

Framed prints and canvas (per item):  

UK: £12 

Europe: £15 

Rest of the world: dependent on destination 

 

Exceptional delivery charges 

Please note, we reserve the right to vary postage charges as necessary on items that are unusually high in weight, volume or value. We will contact customers to agree the required rate prior to shipping.  

Overseas deliveries 

There may be local duty and/or taxes payable on goods delivered outside the UK. National Theatre Enterprises is not responsible for paying these charges. 

Part deliveries 

If you have ordered more than one item, there is a chance that we will ship out your items to you in separate parcels. Our team will contact you to let you know. 

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Details

By purchasing this book, you are placing a pre-order with us. This means we will ship out your copy once the book is published and we have it in stock. The book is expected to be published on 22.08.2024. You will receive a shipping confirmation via email when your order is on its way to you. 

by Jeanette Nelson

How the world's best actors communicate with gravitas - and how you can, too.

Every time you deliver a speech, give a presentation, or simply tell a good story, you are taking centre stage. Here, one of the world’s leading voice coaches introduces the simple exercises that great actors use to hold people’s attention – and reveals how anyone speaking in public can use them.

Drawing on 25 years working at London’s National Theatre, Jeannette Nelson explains:

  • How to warm up your voice and body before a big speech.
  • How focusing on your breathing can improve your clarity and pace.
  • How to divide a script into individual ‘thoughts’ so it flows more naturally.
  • How to adapt your delivery to suit any environment, be it a 1,000-seater auditorium or an intimate Zoom meeting.

Along the way, she recounts stories from leading actors that pull back the curtain on how they learnt to own the room, and how you can too. If all the world’s a stage, this book will turn you into its lead actor.

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