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James Bernard Fagan

(1873—1933) actor, theatre manager, and playwright

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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 ...
Flora Robson

Flora Robson  

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(b. South Shields, Durham, 28 March 1902; d. Brighton, Sussex, 7 July 1984)Stage and film actress. Robson made her debut in 1921, when she appeared in Clemence Dane's Will ...
Fortune Theatre

Fortune Theatre  

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London playhouse built in 1600 to replace the Rose, when it acquired a new neighbour, the Globe. Henslowe and Alleyn, its financiers, used the carpenter who had just completed the ...
Glen Byam Shaw

Glen Byam Shaw  

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(1904–86)Actor and director, co-director with Anthony Quayle of the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 1952–6; Director, 1956–9.
Joan Temple

Joan Temple  

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(b. London, 1887; d. Battle, Sussex, 5 May 1965)Actress and playwright. She acted with J. B. Fagan's company as well as with many of the experimental repertory companies of ...
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 ...
Keith Michell

Keith Michell  

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(b. Adelaide, 1 Dec. 1928)Actor, trained at the Old Vic Theatre School and a member of the original Young Vic Company. He has starred in plays and musicals in ...
Leslie Henson

Leslie Henson  

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(1891–1957),English comedian, best remembered for his appearances in musical comedy, who had been on the stage for some time before appearing in the West End in Nicely, Thanks (1912) ...
Máire O'Neill

Máire O'Neill  

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(b. Dublin, 1887; d. London, 2 Nov. 1952)Actress. In 1906 she joined the Abbey Theatre, where she subsequently created the part of Pegeen Mike in J. M. Synge's The ...
Margaret Webster

Margaret Webster  

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(1905–72)English director. She began as a performer for Greet's company and at the Old Vic. Her first directorial triumph was Richard II in New York, starring Maurice Evans (1937). ...
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 ...
Oxford Playhouse

Oxford Playhouse  

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A converted hall known as the ‘Big Game’ Museum on the outskirts of Oxford was opened as a theatre in 1923 by James Fagan, with the first British performance outside ...
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 ...
Robert Morley

Robert Morley  

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(1908–92),English actor and playwright, son-in-law of Gladys Cooper. He made his first appearance on the stage in 1928, and was in Fagan's repertory company at Oxford. Later he joined ...
Rodney Ackland

Rodney Ackland  

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(1908–1991) British dramatistDance With No Music (1930) DramaImproper People (1930) DramaStrange Orchestra (1932) DramaBirthday (1934) DramaAfter October (1936) DramaThe Dark River (1941) DramaBefore ...
Royal Court Theatre

Royal Court Theatre  

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Small playhouse, opened in 1888 in Sloane Square in London, home to two of the most influential ventures in British theatre. The first occurred from 1904 to 1907, when Granville ...
Shubert Theatre

Shubert Theatre  

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(New York).Officially the Sam S. Shubert Theatre, the famous West 44th Street playhouse was named after the Shuberts' eldest brother, who got them started in show business. It was ...
Tyrone Guthrie

Tyrone Guthrie  

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(1900–71), director and manager.The distinguished English director, long associated with the Old Vic, first came to America to direct Call It a Day (1936), later returning to stage a ...
Yvonne Arnaud

Yvonne Arnaud  

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(1892–1958),actress who, though born and educated in France, spent her entire professional life in London. Trained as a pianist, she toured Europe as a child prodigy, but at the ...

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