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Katharine Cornell

(1893—1974)

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Albery Theatre

Albery Theatre  

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London, in St Martin's Lane, seating 900, built for Charles Wyndham, who opened it in 1903 as the New Theatre with a revival of Parker and Carson's Rosemary, after which ...
Alien Corn

Alien Corn  

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(1933),a play by Sidney Howard. [Belasco Theatre, 98 perf.] Although Elsa Brandt (Katharine Cornell) is a superb young pianist, she is forced to drudge for a living as a ...
All the Way Home

All the Way Home  

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(1960),a play by Tad Mosel. [Belasco Theatre, 334 perf.; Pulitzer Prize; NYDCC Award.] Although Jay Follet (Arthur Hill) is a country boy and relatively indifferent to religion, he has ...
Anton Chekhov

Anton Chekhov  

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(1860–1904), playwright.The great Russian writer of stories and plays did not achieve American recognition until nearly twenty years after his death. The earliest performances of his works in the ...
Barretts of Wimpole Street

Barretts of Wimpole Street  

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A: Rudolph Besier Pf: 1930, London Pb: 1930 G: Drama in 5 acts S: Elizabeth Barrett's bed-sittingroom, Wimpole Street, London, 1845 C: 12m, 4f, 1 dogElizabeth Barrett is an invalid, her only regular ...
Belasco Theatre

Belasco Theatre  

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Broadway theatre on West 44th Street in New York. This approximately 1,000-seat, neo-Georgian-style house, which cost $750,000, opened in 1907 as the Stuyvesant Theatre with A Grand Old Man. It ...
Candida

Candida  

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A: George Bernard Shaw Pf: 1897, Aberdeen Pb: 1898; rev. 1930 G: Com. in 3 acts S: The Morells' home, London, 1894 C: 4m, 2fRevd James Morell is a Christian Socialist, whose fiery denunciations of ...
Christopher Fry

Christopher Fry  

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1907–2005)British dramatist.Born in Bristol, Fry was educated at Bedford Modern School and in 1927 gained his first professional theatrical experience as an actor in Bath. After a spell as a ...
Christopher Plummer

Christopher Plummer  

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(b. 1929), actor.The Canadian‐born performer has appeared in numerous Shakespearean roles with festivals in Canada and abroad and won praise for his Iago in a 1981 Broadway revival of ...
Clemence Dane

Clemence Dane  

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(1888–1965),playwright and novelist, whose first play, A Bill of Divorcement (1921), had a success never quite matched by her later works. Her novels include Regiment of Women (1917) and Legend ...
Cornell, Katharine

Cornell, Katharine (1893–1974)   Reference library

The Concise Oxford Companion to the Theatre (2 ed.)

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(1893–1974),

outstanding American actress, daughter of a theatre manager in Buffalo, who made her first appearance with the

Cort Theatre

Cort Theatre  

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(New York).One of Broadway's smaller and most engaging theatres, the Cort on West 48th Street was designed by Edward B. Corey to hold a thousand spectators comfortably in an ...
Donald Oenslager

Donald Oenslager  

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(1902–75)American scenographer and teacher. Oenslager first came into notice as a protégé of Baker, who later hired him as design teacher at the newly founded Yale School of Drama ...
Empire Theatre

Empire Theatre  

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New York playhouse designed by J. B. McElfatrick for Charles Frohman, completed in 1893 at Broadway and 40th Street, heralding the theatre district's move uptown. Featuring electric lighting and a ...
Ethel Barrymore Theatre

Ethel Barrymore Theatre  

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(New York).The Shuberts built and named the theatre after the famous actress in order to entice her to sign with them, and it worked. She appeared in the inaugural ...
George M. Cohan Theatre

George M. Cohan Theatre  

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New York, at 1482 Broadway. This was opened in 1911 by Cohan, who staged several of his own works there. Among later successes were the Jewish comedy Potash and Perlmutter ...
Grace George

Grace George  

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(1879–1961), actress.The fair‐haired, blue‐eyed beauty was born in New York and educated at a convent, later studying at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts before making her debut as ...
Guthrie McClintic

Guthrie McClintic  

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(1893–1961)American director and producer. Though he began his career in 1914 as an actor, McClintic became one of the most admired directors of his era, directing 94 productions between ...
Helen Hayes

Helen Hayes  

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(1900–93)American actress, sometimes called ‘the First Lady of the American Theatre’. Discovered at the age of 5 among a Washington, DC, stock company, Hayes performed in numerous Broadway plays ...
Jessie Bonstelle

Jessie Bonstelle  

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(1872–1932),American actress and theatre manager, nicknamed ‘the Maker of Stars’. She began her career in 1890 with a touring company under Augustin Daly, and a year later was managing ...

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