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(1888—1976) actress

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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 ...
Anthony Quayle

Anthony Quayle  

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(1913–89)English actor and director. An engaging, intelligent, and energetic man, Quayle played supporting roles at the Old Vic under Tyrone Guthrie, appearing with Olivier, Richardson, Gielgud, and ...
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 ...
As You Like It

As You Like It  

A comedy by Shakespeare, first printed in the Folio of 1623, registered 1600 and probably written 1599–1600. Shakespeare's chief source was Lodge's Rosalynde.Frederick has usurped the dominions of ...
Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Birmingham Repertory Theatre  

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One of the earliest of the regional repertory theatres in the UK, the Birmingham Rep was founded and funded by Barry Jackson, and had its origins in an amateur group ...
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 ...
Coliseum

Coliseum  

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London Playhouse built by Oswald Stoll to designs by Frank Matcham and opened in 1904, seating nearly 3,000. Stoll's seasons mixed high with popular culture: the Marx Brothers appeared there ...
Criterion Theatre

Criterion Theatre  

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London, in Piccadilly Circus. Originally an adjunct to Spiers and Pond's Criterion restaurant, this theatre was built entirely underground. A three-tier auditorium seating 675, it opened in 1874 and ...
Enid Bagnold

Enid Bagnold  

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(1889–1981),novelist and playwright, moved in artistic and Bohemian circles, writing several novels, of which the best known was National Velvet (1935, filmed 1944 with Elizabeth Taylor as the girl ...
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 ...
George Devine

George Devine  

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(1910–65)English actor, director, and manager. After Oxford he acted professionally, and from 1936 to 1939 taught at the London Theatre Studio, founded by Michel Saint-Denis, with whom he continued ...
George Farquhar

George Farquhar  

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(1678–1707)Irish playwright, the best comic dramatist of the eighteenth century in Britain. His plays achieved unprecedented runs, and two of them continue to be performed today, The Recruiting ...
Harcourt Williams

Harcourt Williams  

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(1880–1957)English actor and director. Williams joined Benson's company in 1898, in 1903 toured with Ellen Terry, and in 1906–7 toured America with H. B. Irving (Henry Irving's son). Returning ...
James Bridie

James Bridie  

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(pseudonym of Osborne Henry Mavor) (1888–1951),playwright, established his reputation with The Anatomist (1930), a comedy on the grave‐robbers Burke and Hare. His plays fall roughly into four groups: ...
John Gielgud

John Gielgud  

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(1904–2000), actor and director.A grandnephew of Ellen Terry, the slightly arch, musical‐voiced actor first appeared in New York in 1928 as the Grand Duke Alexander in The Patriot. However ...
Leslie James Banks

Leslie James Banks  

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(b. Liverpool, 9 June 1890; d. London, 21 April 1952)Actor, producer and director. Banks appeared in only a few productions before the First World War, during which he suffered ...
Lyric Theatre

Lyric Theatre  

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New York, on West 42nd Street. This opened in 1903 with Old Heidelberg, starring Richard Mansfield, who for some years returned regularly with his company, the theatre being used also ...
Malvern Festival

Malvern Festival  

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Summer drama festival held annually from 1929 to 1939, revived briefly in the 1940s and 1960s, and re-established as a more general annual arts festival in 1977. Barry Jackson founded ...
Margaret Rutherford

Margaret Rutherford  

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(1892–1972)English actress. Although principally remembered after 1936 as a performer on film of deceptively eccentric English ladies like Agatha Christie's Miss Marple, Rutherford had a long stage ...
Maurice Browne

Maurice Browne  

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(1881–1955)English actor, manager, writer, and champion of the Little Theatre movement in the USA. Along with Ellen Van Volkenberg, he was founder and director of the Chicago Little Theatre ...

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