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(A Center for Theater, Education and Research)Founded in 1967 by Homer Swander, producing small-scale productions, often featuring Royal Shakespeare Company actors, touring throughout the USA.
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The process of making a work of art upon the basis of elements provided by an earlier work in a different, usually literary, medium; also the secondary work thus produced. Literary works have been ...
Adrian Mitchell

Adrian Mitchell  

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(1932–2008),poet, novelist, and playwright, born in London and educated at Christ Church, Oxford. He was associated with the pacifism, social protest, and free verse forms of Underground Poetry; his ...
Ben Kingsley

Ben Kingsley  

(b. Snaiton, Yorks, 31 Dec. 1943)Actor. Son of a Kenyan Asian physician and an English fashion model, in 1967 Kingsley joined the Royal Shakespeare Company, where his roles included ...
Bill Alexander

Bill Alexander  

(1948–)British director, whose productions with the Royal Shakespeare Company1980–92 include Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2 (1980), Richard III (1984), The Merry Wives of Windsor (1985), A Midsummer Night's ...
Billy Roche

Billy Roche  

(1949– ),Irish dramatist, born in Wexford, Ireland, the son of a publican, educated in the same town. He worked in a car-seat factory, then went to England in an unsuccessful ...
Christopher Hampton

Christopher Hampton  

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(1946– ),playwright, screenwriter, and translator, born in the Azores, and educated at New College, Oxford. His first play, When Did You Last See My Mother? (1966), was written when he was 18. This ...
David Edgar

David Edgar  

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(1948– ),dramatist, born in Birmingham, and studied drama at Manchester University. He came to general prominence in 1980 with his hugely successful eight‐hour adaptation of Dickens's Nicholas ...
David Mercer

David Mercer  

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(1928–80)English playwright. Born into working-class Yorkshire, Mercer became a successful writer of witty yet substantial stage and television plays in the 1960s, often dealing with social ...
David Rudkin

David Rudkin  

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(1936– ),playwright, born in London, the son of a Nonconformist minister, and educated at Oxford. He made his name with a powerful drama set in a rural district of the Black Country, Afore Night Come ...
Derek Walcott

Derek Walcott  

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(1930– ),poet and playwright, born in St Lucia. His plays include Dream on Monkey Mountain (1967, pub. 1971), The Joker of Seville (1974, pub. 1978; based on Tirso da Molina's El Burlador de ...
English Shakespeare Company

English Shakespeare Company  

Troupe formed in 1986 by the director Bogdanov and the actor Pennington, chiefly in disillusion with the work of the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre. Seeking to make ...
Frank McGuinness

Frank McGuinness  

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(1953– ),Irish playwright and translator, born in Buncrana, Co. Donegal. He grew up on the border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, and seems drawn to people isolated by conflict ...
Friedrich Dürrenmatt

Friedrich Dürrenmatt  

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(1921–1990)Swiss playwright, novelist, and critic.Born at Konolfingen, in the canton of Bern, Dürrenmatt studied literature, philosophy, and science at the universities of Zürich and Bern. After ...
Günter Grass

Günter Grass  

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(1927– )Prolific German novelist, essayist, and outspoken democratic socialist, born in Danzig, now Gdańsk in Poland. His long, often humorous, fantastic, and narratively innovative novels display a ...
Guy Woolfenden

Guy Woolfenden  

(b. 1937),English composer. He joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1961 and was its principal composer from 1963 until 1998. In this role he composed over 150 ...
Howard Barker

Howard Barker  

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(1946– ),British dramatist born in London and educated at Sussex University. He came to prominence with a series of scathing dramas about the injustices of society: these included Stripwell (1975), ...
Howard Brenton

Howard Brenton  

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(1942– ),playwright born in Portsmouth, educated at Chichester High School and Cambridge. His father was a policeman who later became a Methodist minister in Yorkshire. Coppers and clergy feature ...
John Arden

John Arden  

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(1930–2012)British playwright and novelist.Arden studied at Cambridge and Edinburgh and trained as an architect, but from the late 1950s devoted himself to the theatre. His early plays, which ...
John Barton

John Barton  

(b. London, 26 Nov. 1928)Director. While teaching at Cambridge, he brought acclaim to Marlowe Society productions through his knowledge of seventeenth-century verse, which led him in 1960 to ...

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