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Anton Chekhov

(1860—1904) Russian dramatist and short-story writer

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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 ...
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 Guinness

Alec Guinness  

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(1914–2001)English actor and director. After initial difficulties at the Old Vic, struggling to meet the expectations of Gielgud and Guthrie, he developed into an accomplished actor in the 1930s ...
Aleksandr Tairov

Aleksandr Tairov  

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(1885–1950)Russian/Soviet director. After a period as an actor, Tairov's first important post was at Mardzhanov's Free Theatre in 1913, where he directed his future wife Koonen in Schnitzler's The ...
Aleksandrinsky Theatre

Aleksandrinsky Theatre  

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Named after Nicholas I's consort, Empress Aleksandra, the playhouse was one of two imperial theatres in St Petersburg and housed its principal acting company. The original troupe, headed by Ivan ...
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’ ...
Aline Bernstein

Aline Bernstein  

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(1881–1955),American costume and scene designer. Her first work for the stage was for the Indian play The Little Clay Cart (1924) produced by the Neighborhood Playhouse. Her designs were ...
Alla Demidova

Alla Demidova  

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(1936– )Russian actress. Demidova trained at the Shchukin School and joined the Taganka Theatre in 1964. She emerged as a leading actress in the 1970s with her remarkable performance of ...
Alla Nazimova

Alla Nazimova  

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(b. Yalta, Crimea, 22 May 1879; d. Los Angeles, 13 July 1945)Actress. Played a season at the Moscow Art Theatre before a tour of Europe and America, where she ...
American Repertory Theatre

American Repertory Theatre  

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Troupe founded by Eva le Gallienne and Margaret Webster in New York, operating in 1946 and 1947. Its goal of producing classical repertory proved impossible in the face of insufficient ...
Anatoly Efros

Anatoly Efros  

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(1925–87)Soviet/Russian director. In 1963 Efros led the Theatre of the Lenin Komsomol, where he created a repertoire largely based on contemporary drama, provoking political controversy with a number ...
ancient Greek theatre

ancient Greek theatre  

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1. Origins of theatre in Greece; 2. Late Archaic and Classical Greek theatre (508–317 bc); 3. Hellenistic theatre (317–86 bc); 4. Greek theatre under the Roman Empire (86 bc–ad 692); 5. Greek ...
André Barsacq

André Barsacq  

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(b. Theodosia, Crimea, 24 Jan. 1909; d. Paris, 3 Feb. 1973)Designer and director. After moving to France and working for Dullin as a designer, he collaborated with Saint-Denis and ...
Andre Gregory

Andre Gregory  

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(1934– )American director and actor. After studying acting in New York at the Neighborhood Playhouse and the Actors Studio, Gregory began his directing career with a popular Off-Broadway production ...
Andrea Breth

Andrea Breth  

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(1952– )German director. Breth's breakthrough came in 1983 with a production of García Lorca's The House of Bernarda Alba in Freiburg. From 1986 to 1990 she was director-in-residence in Bochum ...
Andrei Bely

Andrei Bely  

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(1880–1934)Russian novelist, poet, and literary theorist, born in Moscow, who became a key figure in the Russian symbolist movement. In 1904 he met Aleksandr Blok, with whom he was ...
Anthony Page

Anthony Page  

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(b. Bangalore, India, 21 Sept. 1935)Director. Page was educated in England, trained in New York and directed many plays at the Royal Court Theatre (artistic director, 1964–5). His work ...
Arthur Adamov

Arthur Adamov  

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(1908–1970)Russian-born French dramatist, one of the most prominent exponents of the Theatre of the Absurd.Adamov was born into a wealthy Armenian family in Kislovodsk; at the age of four he moved ...
Athene Seyler

Athene Seyler  

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(b. London, 31 May 1889; d. London, 12 Sept. 1990)Actress. Seyler made her name in a number of Restoration roles at the Lyric Hammersmith, including Melanthea in Marriage à ...
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 ...

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