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Robert Bolt

(1924—1995) scriptwriter and playwright

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Carl Toms

Carl Toms  

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(1927– ),English designer, whose work was first seen in London in 1957, and who first became known in the field of opera. In 1968 he designed the National Theatre's productions ...
Catherine Lacey

Catherine Lacey  

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(b. London, 6 May 1904; d. London, 23 Sept. 1979)Actress who toured with Mrs Patrick Campbell in Bayard Veiller's The Thirteenth Chair (1925). She took both classic and modern ...
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 ...
Claire Bloom

Claire Bloom  

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(b. London, 15 Feb. 1931)Actress who established an early reputation in Shakespeare, moving from Stratford-upon-avon (1948) to the Old Vic (1952), where her roles included Cordelia, Ophelia, Viola – ...
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 ...
Eileen Atkins

Eileen Atkins  

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(b. London, 16 June 1934)Actress. Her early career was transformed by her award-winning performance as Childie in Frank Marcus's The Killing of Sister George (1965), in which her wayward ...
Emlyn Williams

Emlyn Williams  

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(b. Mostyn, Wales, 26 Nov. 1905; d. London, 25 Sept. 1987)Actor, director and playwright. Born into a poor Welsh family, Williams won a scholarship to Oxford, where he was ...
Frith Banbury

Frith Banbury  

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(1912–2008),English actor, manager, and director, who made his first appearance on the stage in 1933, and played a wide variety of parts, both in straight plays and revues, before ...
Fritz Hochwälder

Fritz Hochwälder  

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(1911–86)Austrian dramatist. Hochwälder's plays are traditional in form, adhering almost slavishly to the three unities. The themes revolve around complex moral questions against historical or ...
historical drama

historical drama  

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Any dramatic genre—tragedy, comedy, melodrama—loses coherence upon close scrutiny, but historical drama seems to lose the most. The term is often arbitrarily applied (Shakespeare's Richard III is ...
Hugh Beaumont

Hugh Beaumont  

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(1908–73),Welsh theatre manager, who after experience in several small London theatres was appointed business manager of H. M. Tennent, for nearly 30 years the leading theatrical producers of London. ...
Ian McKellen

Ian McKellen  

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(1939– )English actor. McKellen worked widely before his performances as Richard II (1968) and a camp extrovert incarnation of Marlowe's Edward II (1969) brought him prominence as a brilliant ...
A Man for All Seasons

A Man for All Seasons  

A: Robert Bolt Pf: 1960, London Pb: 1960 G: Hist. drama in 2 acts S: Various locations in London and environs, 1526–35 C: 11m, 3fThe Common Man as narrator introduces the play and comments ...
metatheatre

metatheatre  

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A term used by American playwright Lionel Abel (1910–2001) in 1963 to define what he saw as a new genre of contemporary play, such as Death of a Salesman by ...
Michael Redgrave

Michael Redgrave  

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(1908–85)English actor. At the Old Vic he played Orlando to Edith Evans's Rosalind in As You Like It (1936) and Laertes to Olivier's Hamlet (1937). In contemporary plays his ...
Paul Scofield

Paul Scofield  

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(b. Hurstpierpoint, Sussex, 21 Jan. 1922)Actor, equally at home in comic and tragic roles, in classical and contemporary drama. After studying at the London Mask Theatre School and making ...
Piccadilly Theatre

Piccadilly Theatre  

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London, in Denman Street. This theatre, with its three-tier auditorium seating 1,193, opened in 1928 with a musical play Blue Eyes and then became a cinema. It returned to live ...
Queen's Theatre

Queen's Theatre  

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London.1. In Long Acre. This building, erected in 1849, was known originally as St Martin's Hall, and was used on a number of occasions by Charles Dickens reading from his ...
Ralph Richardson

Ralph Richardson  

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(1902–83), actor.The excellent, if somewhat stiffly mannered English performer made his American debut as Mercutio and the Chorus in Katharine Cornell's Romeo and Juliet in 1935. He returned in ...
Robert Harris

Robert Harris  

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(b. Axbridge, Somerset, 28 March 1900; d. London, 18 May 1995)Actor. Harris began his career in 1923, in J. M. Barrie's The Will, and made his New York debut ...

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