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Alan Ayckbourn

(b. 1939) English dramatist

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Aleksandr Ostrovsky

Aleksandr Ostrovsky  

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(1823–86)Widely acknowledged as Russia's greatest playwright, he was also the most prolific, producing 47 original dramas and 22 translations of foreign plays. Comparatively unknown in the West, his ...
Apollo Theatre

Apollo Theatre  

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London, in Shaftesbury Avenue, seating 796 in three tiers, opened in 1901 with a musical comedy, The Belle of Bohemia. Although it was a failure, later productions had good runs ...
Colin Blakely

Colin Blakely  

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(1930–87)Irish actor, whose rich stage career was paralleled by a prolific career as a character actor in film and television. His first professional engagement was with the Group Theatre ...
Comedy Theatre

Comedy Theatre  

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London, in Panton Street, off the Haymarket. This theatre, seating 820 on four tiers, opened in 1881 and housed a series of light operas until in 1887 Beerbohm Tree took ...
Criterion Theatre

Criterion Theatre  

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London, in Piccadilly Circus. Originally an adjunct to Spiers and Pond's Criterion restaurant, this theatre was built entirely underground. A three-tier auditorium seating 675, it opened in 1874 and ...
Dame Celia Johnson

Dame Celia Johnson  

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(1908–82),English actress. She made her début in Shaw's Major Barbara in Huddersfield in 1928 and was first seen in London in 1929. She had a long run in Merton ...
Delphine Seyrig

Delphine Seyrig  

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(1932–90),Lebanese-born French actress, who became well known in the early 1960s through Resnais's film L'Année dernière à Marienbad and her performance as Nina in Chekhov's The Seagull. The ...
farce

farce  

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A form of popular comedy with its distant roots in the improvisations which actors introduced into the text of medieval religious dramas (the word is derived from the word farce, ‘stuffing’). Later ...
Gene Saks

Gene Saks  

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(b. New York, 8 Nov. 1921)Actor and director. Saks began his career acting Off-Broadway, and after appearing in several plays on Broadway turned to directing in 1963. He made ...
Geraldine Page

Geraldine Page  

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(b. Kirksville, Mo., 22 Nov. 1924; d. New York, 13 June 1987)Actress. An exponent of the Method school, she first won fame as the unhappy spinster in Summer and ...
Greenwich Theatre

Greenwich Theatre  

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London. 1. The first permanent theatre in Greenwich was opened in 1709, probably in Church Street. Colley Cibber's Love Makes a Man is known to have been produced there the ...
Haymarket Theatre

Haymarket Theatre  

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Leicester. This theatre, opened in 1973, was intended to take the place of the Phoenix, opened 10 years earlier on a site expected to be available for only five years. ...
Lynne Meadow

Lynne Meadow  

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(1946– )American director and manager, artistic director of the Manhattan Theatre Club since 1972. Her directing credits include Charles Busch's The Tale of the Allergist's Wife, Donald Margulies's ...
Lyttelton Theatre

Lyttelton Theatre  

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The first of the three theatres inside the National Theatre building to be opened, the others being the Cottesloe and the Olivier. Named after Lord Chandos (Oliver Lyttelton), the first ...
Matthew Warchus

Matthew Warchus  

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(1966– )English director. Since his West End debut with Much Ado About Nothing (1992), he has directed for the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, the West End, and Broadway ...
Michael Billington

Michael Billington  

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(1939– )English drama critic for the Guardian from 1971. After journalism training in Liverpool he became Public Liaison Officer/Director of Lincoln Theatre Company (1962–4), gaining a tough sympathy ...
Michael Codron

Michael Codron  

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(1930– )British producer with a reputation built on supporting the work of new writers in the 1960s. In 1958 he produced plays by John Mortimer and Harold Pinter, while later ...
Michael Gambon

Michael Gambon  

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(1940– )Dublin-born actor whose career has been predominantly in London and in a series of hugely successful television roles, peppered with appearances in Hollywood films. Gambon joined the National ...
Michael Hordern

Michael Hordern  

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(b. Berkhamsted, Herts, 3 Oct. 1911; d. Oxford, 2 May 1995)Actor. Hordern was praised for his Caliban, Jaques and Sir Politick Would-be at Stratford-upon-Avon, and for lead roles in ...
Minack Theatre

Minack Theatre  

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A fine 600-seat open-air auditorium carved out of the granite hillside in Porthcurno near Penzance, Cornwall, in 1932. At first it was privately owned; in 1959 the Minack Theatre Society ...

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