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Christopher Fry

(1907—2005) playwright

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Aldwych Theatre

Aldwych Theatre  

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Chekhov might have enjoyed the irony: the London theatre that saw the first production in England of The Cherry Orchard (in 1911, six years after the 1,100-seater opened) became best ...
Alec Clunes

Alec Clunes  

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(1912–70)British actor, director, and manager. Best known for running the Arts Theatre in London from 1942 to 1952 and for performing alongside stars such as Olivier, Gielgud, and Scofield ...
Alexis Minotis

Alexis Minotis  

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(1900–90),Greek actor and director, who made his first appearance on the stage in 1925, and in 1930 made his New York début as Orestes in a Greek production of ...
Anne Ridler

Anne Ridler  

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(1912–2001),lyric and religious poet and verse dramatist, born in Rugby and educated at King's College, London. Her volumes include Poems (1939), The Nine Bright Shiners (1943), The Golden Bird, ...
Arts Theatre

Arts Theatre  

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Always hovering artistically on the fringes of the West End of London, the 347-seat Arts Theatre opened in 1927 as a club for unlicensed and experimental drama. In its first ...
Ashley Dukes

Ashley Dukes  

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(b. Bridgwater, Som., 29 May 1885; d. London, 4 May 1959)Playwright, critic and theatre manager. With the profits of his play The Man with a Load of Mischief (1924) ...
Christopher Plummer

Christopher Plummer  

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(b. 1929), actor.The Canadian‐born performer has appeared in numerous Shakespearean roles with festivals in Canada and abroad and won praise for his Iago in a 1981 Broadway revival of ...
Claire Bloom

Claire Bloom  

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(b. London, 15 Feb. 1931)Actress who established an early reputation in Shakespeare, moving from Stratford-upon-avon (1948) to the Old Vic (1952), where her roles included Cordelia, Ophelia, Viola – ...
Denholm Elliot

Denholm Elliot  

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(b. London, 31 May 1922; d. Ibiza, 6 Oct. 1992)Actor. Elliot moved from success in supporting roles (e.g. Edgar in Venus Observed, 1950) to establish himself as a romantic ...
Derek Jacobi

Derek Jacobi  

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(1938– )English actor. Starting at the Birmingham Repertory Company, Jacobi joined the fledgling National Theatre in 1963, playing Laertes to Peter O'Toole's Hamlet. He also appeared in Othello with ...
Donald Sinden

Donald Sinden  

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(b. Plymouth, 9 Oct. 1923)Actor. He began his career in the late Second World War with Mobile Entertainments, a touring company performing plays for the armed forces in southern ...
E. Martin Browne

E. Martin Browne  

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(b. Zeal, Wilts, 29 Jan. 1900; d. London, 27 April 1980)Actor and director. He founded the Pilgrim Players in 1939, and between 1945 and 1947 ran the Mercury Theatre ...
Edinburgh Festival

Edinburgh Festival  

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An international festival of the arts held annually in Edinburgh since 1947. In addition to the main programme a flourishing fringe festival has developed.
Edith Evans

Edith Evans  

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(1888–1976)English actress; made DBE in 1946. After beginning her career with William Poel and then touring with Ellen Terry, she established herself in the 1920s as a distinguished London ...
Edmond Rostand

Edmond Rostand  

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(1868–1918), playwright.The romantic French dramatist is known in this country primarily for one work, his masterpiece, Cyrano de Bergerac (1898). His L'Aiglon is recalled largely as a vehicle for ...
Esmé Percy

Esmé Percy  

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(b. London, 8 Aug. 1887; d. Brighton, 16 June 1957)Actor. After training with Sarah Bernhardt, Percy worked with a number of repertory companies until the First World War, during ...
Hugh Beaumont

Hugh Beaumont  

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(1908–73),Welsh theatre manager, who after experience in several small London theatres was appointed business manager of H. M. Tennent, for nearly 30 years the leading theatrical producers of London. ...
James Forsyth

James Forsyth  

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(b. Glasgow, 5 March 1913)Playwright and designer. After distinguished war service, he became resident playwright at the Old Vic (1946–8). His plays include Heloïse (1951), The Other Heart (1952 ...
James Kirkup

James Kirkup  

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(1918–2009),poet, translator, and travel writer, born in South Shields, educated at Durham University; he held many academic posts in England and abroad, notably in Japan and Malaya. His volumes of ...
Jean Anouilh

Jean Anouilh  

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(b Bordeaux, 23 Jun. 1910; d Lausanne, 3 Oct. 1987)French playwright. His 1932 ballet for actors Le Bal des voleurs was re-choreographed by Massine (Nervi, 1960) and revived for Royal Ballet (London, ...

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