Kate Winslet's director husband Sam Mendes has been hit with scathing criticism in a new tell-all book by a Broadway legend - slamming his theatre work.
Tony-winning playwright Arthur Laurents hits out at Mendes for his 2003 Broadway revival of Gypsy, starring Bernadette Peters.
Laurents writes in his new memoir, Mainly on Directing: "'Surprised' was not the word for my reaction to what Sam Mendes did. 'Surprised' is a happy word."
The star also criticises Mendes' involvement in the New York Theatre Workshop production of Wiseguys: "Its second act was unfinished, and its director had come straight from editing his first film - American Beauty - without time to digest the material. Why they went ahead then is a mystery."
The book is scheduled for release in March (09), reports the New York Post.