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amateur theatre

amateur theatre  

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In Britain amateur theatre reached its height in the 19th century, when many of the best-known amateur societies were founded, among them the Old Stagers, who have given performances closely ...
artistic director

artistic director  

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A manager who controls and oversees artistic policy. Though related in function to the German Intendant and to the directors of older European national theatres like the Comédie-Française, the ...
Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead

Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead  

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Public gallery opened in 2002, one of the world's largest venues for the display of contemporary art. It is housed in a huge industrial structure, the former Baltic Flour Mills, which opened in 1950 ...
Belgrade Theatre

Belgrade Theatre  

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Coventry, built in 1958, the first new theatre to be built in England since the Oxford Playhouse in 1938 and also the first civic theatre, receiving subsidies from local funds ...
Bloomsbury Group

Bloomsbury Group  

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A group of writers, artists, and philosophers living in or associated with Bloomsbury in the early 20th century. Members of the group, which included Virginia Woolf, Lytton Strachey, Vanessa Bell, ...
Bristol Old Vic

Bristol Old Vic  

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A leading repertory company, established by the Arts Council in conjunction with London's Old Vic in 1946 at the Theatre Royal, Bristol (built 1766). Since then it has presented a ...
British Drama League

British Drama League  

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Support organization founded in 1919 by Geoffrey Whitworth (1883–1951) as a focus of theatre revival in the post-war period. Its first chairman was Harley Granville Barker, and the first issue ...
Charles Saatchi

Charles Saatchi  

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(b Baghdad, 9 June 1943).Iraqi-born British businessman and art collector. In 1970 he was co-founder with his brother Maurice of Saatchi & Saatchi, which became the world's largest advertising ...
Chichester Festival Theatre

Chichester Festival Theatre  

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The brainchild of local tradesman Leslie Evershed-Martin (1903–94) and funded by public subscription, the 1,400-seat theatre situated in a West Sussex park in the south of England opened in 1962 ...
children's theatre

children's theatre  

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Performances given by adults for young people. The international organization for children's theatre is ASSITEJ (Association Internationale du Théâtre pour l'Enfance et la Jeunesse), based in Paris, ...
Contemporary Art Society

Contemporary Art Society  

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(CAS)A society formed in London in 1910 to promote contemporary art and to acquire works by living artists for gift or loan to public museums in Britain (and later in the Commonwealth and ...
Council for the Encouragement of Music and the Arts

Council for the Encouragement of Music and the Arts  

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Concern for Britain's national morale during the Second World War led to the founding of CEMA in 1940 to take the arts to factories, isolated rural areas and evacuation districts ...
David Bomberg

David Bomberg  

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(b Birmingham, 5 Dec. 1890; d London, 19 Aug. 1957).British painter. He gave up an apprenticeship as a lithographer to devote himself to painting, studying under Sickert and at the Slade School. ...
David Jones

David Jones  

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(1895–1974),poet and artist. He served in the trenches throughout the First World War, which left him with a lifelong interest in warfare and soldiers. In 1921 he became a Roman Catholic and in 1922 ...
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 ...
ENSA

ENSA  

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Formed by Basil Dean in 1938–9 to provide entertainment for British and Allied military personnel and war workers, ENSA presented some 2.5 million shows for audiences of over 300 million ...
Festival of Britain

Festival of Britain  

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A festival celebrated with lavish exhibitions and shows throughout Britain, especially at the South Bank in London (see Skylon) in May 1951, to mark the centenary of the Great Exhibition of 1851.
finance

finance  

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Theatre has always been more than a performance by people for people: someone has to pay for the activity, with cash or its equivalent in gifts of time and labour. ...
Frank Auerbach

Frank Auerbach  

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(b Berlin, 29 Apr. 1931).German-born painter and printmaker who was sent to England in 1939 as a refugee from Nazism (his parents died in the Holocaust) and became a British citizen in 1947. He ...
Frank Dobson

Frank Dobson  

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(b London, 18 Nov. 1886; d London, 22 July 1963).British sculptor. His early work consisted mainly of paintings, the few surviving examples showing how impressed he was by the Post-Impressionist ...

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