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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 ...
Alley Theatre

Alley Theatre  

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American regional theatre in Houston, Texas, started in 1947 as a community theatre by a group of ambitious amateurs led by Nina Vance. The company turned professional in 1954 and ...
Ann Jellicoe

Ann Jellicoe  

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(1927– ),playwright and director, trained as an actress at the Central School of Speech and Drama. She was associated for some years with the English Stage Company, which in 1958 put on the play that ...
Armand Gatti

Armand Gatti  

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(1924– )French writer and director. Gatti at 17 was deported to a labour camp in Germany; the image of the concentration camp appears in several of his works. An ebullient ...
British Theatre Association

British Theatre Association  

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Until 1972, it was called the British Drama League (BDL), which was conceived by Geoffrey Whitworth one winter evening in 1918 when, after lecturing on drama to munitions workers in ...
C. P. Taylor

C. P. Taylor  

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(1928–81)Scottish dramatist. His first professional production was Aa Went to Blaydon Races in 1962 at Newcastle Playhouse, and in 1965 Taylor began a productive relationship with the Edinburgh ...
Caribbean

Caribbean  

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The Caribbean region consists primarily of a chain of islands, 2,000 miles long, that frames the northern and eastern boundaries of the Caribbean Sea. The chain curves from Cuba, the ...
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 ...
David Edgar

David Edgar  

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(1948– ),dramatist, born in Birmingham, and studied drama at Manchester University. He came to general prominence in 1980 with his hugely successful eight‐hour adaptation of Dickens's Nicholas ...
devising

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An approach to making performance and theatre that depends on the participation of all the producing group in all or most stages of the creative process, from conception to presentation. ...
Doreen Clarke

Doreen Clarke  

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(b. Middleton, Lancs, 6 May 1928)Playwright. She left school at the age of 14 to work in cotton mills and factories, and emigrated to Australia in 1958. Largely self-taught ...
educational theatre

educational theatre  

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While all theatre might be construed to be ‘educational’ in the broadest sense (just as many have claimed that all theatre is political), the term is generally used (especially in ...
fireworks

fireworks  

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A traditional feature of outdoor theatrical performance, especially in religious drama and pageant. With the advance of the microchip, a spectacular computer-controlled ‘theatre of fire’ has been ...
fringe theatre

fringe theatre  

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In Britain offers a platform for productions that because of their political content, experimental nature, or unfamiliarity are unlikely to succeed in more conventional surroundings. The term dates ...
Gwen Pharis Ringwood

Gwen Pharis Ringwood  

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(1910–84)Canadian playwright and community theatre activist who wrote her best-known play, the one-act tragedy Still Stands the House (1938), while a graduate student. Like her subsequent plays Dark ...
Howard Davies

Howard Davies  

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(b. Reading, 26 April 1945)Director. Davies's career started at the Bristol Old Vic Studio, which he ran, specializing in new and modern drama, and in community theatre, commissioning plays ...
Inter-Action

Inter-Action  

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Set up in 1968 as a cooperative by American Ed Berman, producing theatre in education and pioneering lunchtime theatre, they eventually ran many community theatre projects, running the Fun Art ...
Jerome Lawrence

Jerome Lawrence  

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(1915–2004) and(1918–94)American playwrights.Lawrence and Lee formed a writing partnership in 1942. Prominent in writing for radio, they made their Broadway debut with the musical Look, Ma, I'm ...
John Arden

John Arden  

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(1930–2012)British playwright and novelist.Arden studied at Cambridge and Edinburgh and trained as an architect, but from the late 1950s devoted himself to the theatre. His early plays, which ...
John Hirsch

John Hirsch  

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(b. Siofok, Hungary, 1 May 1930; d. Toronto, 1 Aug. 1989)Director. The only member of his family to survive the Holocaust, he immigrated to Canada in 1947. With Tom ...

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