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Abdelkader Farrah

Abdelkader Farrah  

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(1926– )Algerian-born designer, teacher, and self-taught painter. In 1949 he was commissioned to paint a 100 m (330 feet) square mural for the Carmelite College at Fontainebleau, which was seen ...
Adrian Noble

Adrian Noble  

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(1950– )English director. Noble began working at the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1980, and was its artistic director from 1991 to 2003. Almost all his work since 1982 was for ...
Alain Boublil

Alain Boublil  

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(b. Tunis, 5 March 1941) and(b. Vannes, France, 6 July 1944)Composer Schönberg first teamed up with lyricist and musical book writer Boublil on a rock opera, La Révolution ...
Alan Bates

Alan Bates  

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(b. Allestree, Derbys, 17 Feb. 1934)Actor, at his best playing outwardly cool but inwardly tormented characters. After training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, he made his debut ...
Alan Howard

Alan Howard  

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(1937– )English actor who began a long association with the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1966. He rose rapidly to play Edgar in King Lear and Benedick in Much Ado About ...
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 McCowen

Alec McCowen  

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(1925– )Restrained and intelligent English actor who worked with regional repertory theatres in the 1940s. He joined the Old Vic in 1959 and was quickly established as a versatile actor ...
Aleksei Arbuzov

Aleksei Arbuzov  

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(1908–86)Soviet/Russian playwright. Arbuzov trained as an actor before turning to dramatic writing in the 1930s. His play Tanya (1938) exemplifies the demands of socialist realism for ‘conflictless’ ...
Alexander Gelman

Alexander Gelman  

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(b. Dondyushany, Moldavia, 25 Oct. 1933)Playwright. Previously a construction worker and a fitter and later a journalist, he was 40 when he started writing plays. In 1989, in the ...
Anthony Quayle

Anthony Quayle  

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(1913–89)English actor and director. An engaging, intelligent, and energetic man, Quayle played supporting roles at the Old Vic under Tyrone Guthrie, appearing with Olivier, Richardson, Gielgud, and ...
Antony Sher

Antony Sher  

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(1949– ),South African-born actor, who trained in London and then worked at the Everyman, Liverpool, Nottingham Playhouse, and the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh; in the West End; and at the ...
Arnold Wesker

Arnold Wesker  

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(1932– )British playwright and director. He became a Fellow of the Royal Society Literature in 1985.Wesker was born in the East End of London into a family of communist Jewish immigrants. He was ...
Arthur Schnitzler

Arthur Schnitzler  

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(1862–1931)Austrian dramatist and novelist. His first play, Anatol (written 1889–92), describes a bourgeois youth like himself who drifts through endless, superficial pleasures. In 1891 he ...
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 ...
Barbara Jefford

Barbara Jefford  

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(b. Plymstock, Devon, 26 July 1930)Actress. Her roles for the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon (1950–4) included Desdemona, Isabella and Rosalind. She confirmed her stature as a ...
Barbican

Barbican  

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The complex of high-rise buildings around the Barbican Centre in the City of London. A barbican is the outer defence of a city or castle, especially a double tower above a gate or drawbridge; it is ...
Barry Kyle

Barry Kyle  

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(1948– )English director. Kyle was an associate director of the Royal Shakespeare Company from 1978, and was made honorary associate in 1991 after directing nearly 40 plays for the company. ...
Billie Whitelaw

Billie Whitelaw  

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(b. Coventry, 6 June 1932)Actress. The leading English-speaking interpreter of Samuel Beckett's dramas, she performed, at the Royal Court or the National Theatre, in Play (1964), Not I (1973) ...
Bob Crowley

Bob Crowley  

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(b. Cork, Ireland, 10 June 1952)Designer. In the 1980s, Crowley developed a postmodern design language for the Royal Shakespeare Company's large theatres. He used the entire stage space and ...
Brian Cox

Brian Cox  

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(b. Dundee, 1 June 1946)Actor. His first professional appearance, with Dundee Repertory Theatre (1961), was followed by seasons at the Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh and Birmingham Repertory Theatre. Since ...

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