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Barry Jackson

(1879–1961) English director and manager. Trained as an architect, Jackson was heir to a fortune derived from one of the leading grocery firms in the Midlands. In 1907 he founded ...

Jackson, Sir Barry

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An A-Z Guide to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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..., Sir Barry ( 1879–1961 ) Founder in 1913 of the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, where the many Shakespeare productions included influential modern-dress versions of Cymbeline ( 1923 ), Hamlet ( 1925–6 ), and Macbeth ( 1928 ). He directed the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre at Stratford-upon-Avon from 1945 to 1948...

Jackson, Sir Barry

Jackson, Sir Barry (1879–1961)   Reference library

Dennis Kennedy

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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..., Sir Barry ( 1879–1961 ), English manager , director , designer , and playwright , the founder of the Birmingham Repertory Theatre in 1913 . Using his own substantial inheritance, Jackson funded the first purpose-built regional theatre in Britain and Ireland, which he made into a laboratory for theatrical experiment and change. He produced a wide range of work in Birmingham, London, and at the Malvern Festival, which he founded in 1929 , that invigorated British theatre between the wars. He had two important managerial connections to...

Timon of Athens

Timon of Athens   Reference library

Michael Dobson, Will Sharpe, and Anthony Davies

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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...play into three acts for a Stratford revival in 1892 . Since then, however, it has only occasionally been produced, and has rarely been fully convincing: Nugent Monck ’s 1935 production is remembered chiefly for its incidental music by a 21-year-old Benjamin Britten , Barry Jackson ’s post-war modern-dress production of 1947 for the bomb crater that was the set for the second half. Ralph Richardson and Paul Scofield , however, each found an other-worldly quality in the title role, and in 1999 Michael Pennington played Timon sensitively in ...

Henry VI Part 1

Henry VI Part 1   Reference library

Randall Martin and Anthony Davies

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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...many serious and innovative productions. F. R. Benson mounted all three Henry VI plays at Stratford in 1906 . He played Talbot in Part 1 , while Tita Brand played Joan la Pucelle. The play’s opportunities for colourful pageantry were sumptuously exploited. Sir Barry Jackson and Douglas Seale ’s Birmingham Repertory Theatre production in 1953 launched the play’s modern stage life and followed equally revelatory stagings of The First Part of the Contention and Richard Duke of York . Seale contextualized the opening funeral of Henry V by...

The First Part of the Contention of the Two Famous Houses of York and Lancaster

The First Part of the Contention of the Two Famous Houses of York and Lancaster   Reference library

Randall Martin, Will Sharpe, and Anthony Davies

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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...and again in 1906 and 1909 . On the second occasion all three Henry VI plays were performed as a historical cycle (another idea borrowed from Germany). Benson satisfied Victorian tastes for sumptuous pageantry, but paced the action between scenes more continuously. Sir Barry Jackson and Douglas Seale ’s Birmingham Repertory Theatre production in 1951 launched the play’s modern stage life. Seale successfully alternated between still and lucid passages of formal verse, and explosions of factional violence. Barbara Jefford drew serious attention to...

Henry IV Part 1

Henry IV Part 1   Reference library

Michael Dobson and Anthony Davies

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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...In the 20th century the play gradually regained some measure of its earlier popularity, though unlike Richard III it has never attracted very much interest outside the nation whose history it dramatizes, Sir John seeming as inexplicably English a joke as Mr Punch. Barry Jackson staged a full text of 1 Henry IV in 1913 , and revived both it and 2 Henry IV for Shakespeare’s birthday in 1921 , anticipating subsequent directors who have sought to stage the Second Tetralogy as a grand, Wagnerian sequence. At the Old Vic in 1930 John Gielgud ...

Richard Duke of York

Richard Duke of York   Reference library

Randall Martin, Will Sharpe, and Anthony Davies

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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...Stratford-upon-Avon in 1906 , when all three Henry VI plays were first performed as a cycle (another idea borrowed from Germany). Benson’s exuberant Gloucester was matched by his wife Constance’s Margaret, played with ‘unflagging force and spirit’ despite heavy cuts. Sir Barry Jackson and Douglas Seale ’s Birmingham Repertory Theatre production in 1952 launched the play’s modern stage life. Seale successfully alternated attention between still and lucid passages of formal verse, and energetic clashing armies. Barbara Jeffrey’s fully humanized...

All’s Well That Ends Well

All’s Well That Ends Well   Reference library

Michael Dobson, Will Sharpe, and Anthony Davies

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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...freed 20th-century directors to take unusual liberties with its text, and even purists sought to justify their revivals by highlighting topical parallels. William Poel ’s production in 1920 , taking a hint from Shaw, presented Helen as a proto-suffragette, while Barry Jackson ’s Birmingham Repertory Theatre production seven years later was in modern dress, with Laurence Olivier as a would-be sophisticated jazz-age Paroles. Robert Atkins produced the play three times ( 1921 , 1932 , 1940 ), to little avail, and it was only when Tyrone...

Cymbeline, King of Britain

Cymbeline, King of Britain   Reference library

Michael Dobson, Will Sharpe, and Anthony Davies

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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...and despite Peggy Ashcroft ’s two triumphs as Imogen (at the Old Vic in 1932 , and at Stratford, in a fairy tale-style production by Peter Hall , in 1957 ) few 20th-century productions were conspicuous successes: modern dress, then novel, did not help the play in Barry Jackson ’s Birmingham production of 1923 (derisively called ‘Shakespeare in plus-fours’), and B. Iden-Payne ’s critically acclaimed attempt to direct the play on sets derived from Jacobean masques (Stratford, 1937 ) did not dissuade George Bernard Shaw from producing his own...

Macbeth

Macbeth   Reference library

Michael Dobson, Will Sharpe, Anthony Davies, and Will Sharpe

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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...Wolfit forceful but mannered ( 1937 , 1945–6 , 1953 ); Laurence Olivier was felt to be simplistic opposite Judith Anderson ’s operatic Lady at the Old Vic in 1937 , but was more impressive in Glen Byam Shaw ’s Stratford production in 1955 . Notable disasters include Barry Jackson ’s ‘tweedy’ modern-dress production ( 1928 ), Orson Welles ’s ‘voodoo’ design ( 1936 ), and Peter O’Toole’s notoriously gory, melodramatic performance ( 1976 ). Perhaps the period’s only legendary success was Trevor Nunn ’s studio production for the RSC in 1976 , with ...

An Historical Journal of the Transactions at Port Jackson and Norfolk Island

An Historical Journal of the Transactions at Port Jackson and Norfolk Island  

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By John Hunter, was published in 1793 in London, where a year later Hunter was selected as successor to Governor Arthur Phillip. One of the first examples of Australian exploration ...
William Bradley

William Bradley  

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(1757–1833),came to Australia in the First Fleet as first lieutenant of HMS Sirius and surveyed, with Captain John Hunter, the Port Jackson and Broken Bay areas; Bradley's Head on ...
William Bryant

William Bryant  

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(1757–91) and(1765–?),convicts in the First Fleet, married at Port Jackson in February 1788. On 28 March 1791 the Bryants and seven other convicts escaped in a small boat ...
Barangaroo

Barangaroo  

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Was the wife of the Aborigine Bennelong. She is mentioned in Watkin Tench's A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson (1793) and is fictionally presented in Eleanor Dark's The Timeless ...
Bennelong

Bennelong  

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The second Aborigine to live in the Port Jackson settlement (Arabanoo was the first), was captured, with another Aborigine, Colbee, by Lieutenant William Bradley on instructions from Captain Arthur ...
Arthur H. Adams

Arthur H. Adams  

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(1872–1936) married (1898) Lilian Paton.Born at Lawrence, Otago, New Zealand, he graduated from Otago University and began to study law before abandoning it for journalism, serving as war ...
John Drinkwater

John Drinkwater  

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(1882–1937),a prolific poet, dramatist, critic, and actor. His work appeared in all five volumes of Georgian Poetry, and was collected in 1933 in Summer Harvest. He wrote many plays, including ...
modern dress

modern dress  

The use of contemporary costumes for classic plays. The Elizabethans had loose ideas about earlier periods and were not conscious of anachronisms, as evidenced by the Peacham drawing of Titus ...
First Part of the Contention of the two Famous Houses of York and Lancaster

First Part of the Contention of the two Famous Houses of York and Lancaster  

The play was originally known and performed as The First Part of the Contention of the Two Famous Houses of Lancaster and York, with the Death of the Good Duke ...
twentieth-century Shakespearian production

twentieth-century Shakespearian production  

Though Shakespeare's fame had grown steadily since about 1750, in the 20th century he became the dominant writer for the stage for much of the world. Performance of his plays ...

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