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John Gielgud

(1904—2000) actor and theatre director

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In the twentieth century the process of acting underwent more thorough analysis and experimentation than at any other time in the history of Western theatre. Previously, written reflections on the ...
Alan Bennett

Alan Bennett  

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(1934– )British writer, actor, and director whose plays, television monologues, and books have delighted audiences.Born in Leeds, the son of a butcher, Bennett was the epitome of the introverted ...
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 ...
Alec Clunes

Alec Clunes  

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(1912–70)British actor, director, and manager. Best known for running the Arts Theatre in London from 1942 to 1952 and for performing alongside stars such as Olivier, Gielgud, and Scofield ...
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 ...
Alexander H. Cohen

Alexander H. Cohen  

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(1920–2000), producer.The New York‐born producer began his career in 1941 with a failure, Ghost for Sale, but later the same year he produced a major success, Angel Street. Although ...
Alexander Moissi

Alexander Moissi  

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(1880–1935),German actor of Italian extraction, born in Albania where a drama school has been named after him. He played his first speaking part in German at Prague in 1902 ...
André Obey

André Obey  

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(b. Douai, France, 8 May 1892; d. Montsoreau, France, 12 April 1975)Playwright and actor-manager. Obey was Copeau's dramatist, and his plays Noé (Noah, 1931), a witty reinterpretation of the ...
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 ...
Apollo Theatre

Apollo Theatre  

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London, in Shaftesbury Avenue, seating 796 in three tiers, opened in 1901 with a musical comedy, The Belle of Bohemia. Although it was a failure, later productions had good runs ...
Barbara Jefford

Barbara Jefford  

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(b. Plymstock, Devon, 26 July 1930)Actress. Her roles for the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon (1950–4) included Desdemona, Isabella and Rosalind. She confirmed her stature as a ...
Barnard Hughes

Barnard Hughes  

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(b. Bedford Hills, NY, 16 July 1915)Actor. He made his New York debut in The Taming of the Shrew (1934) and established a niche for himself in a string ...
Barnes Theatre

Barnes Theatre  

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A small cinema in south-west London, converted into a theatre by Philip Ridgeway in 1925. Its brief but surprisingly influential history was remarkable for productions of Russian plays by ...
BBC Television Shakespeare

BBC Television Shakespeare  

In 1978 the BBC, which had sporadically televised a number of Shakespeare's plays, embarked on a plan to produce all of them at the rate of about six a year. Cedric Messina was originally in charge ...
Brian Bedford

Brian Bedford  

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(b. Morley, Yorks, 16 Feb. 1935)Actor. Since his first American stage performance in 1959, in Peter Shaffer's Five Finger Exercise, Bedford has appeared almost every single year across the ...
Cathleen Nesbitt

Cathleen Nesbitt  

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(1888–1982), actress.The beautiful, worldly English leading lady, once reputed to be the mistress of Rupert Brooke, made her American debut in 1911 with the Irish Players of the Abbey ...
Cecil Beaton

Cecil Beaton  

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(1904–80), designer.The noted English scenic and costume designer sometimes provided both sets and costumes for Broadway productions, as with Lady Windermere's Fan (1946), The Grass Harp (1952), ...
Charles Wood

Charles Wood  

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(b. St Peter Port, Guernsey, 6 August 1932)Playwright. Coming from a theatrical family, Wood turned to playwriting after working backstage, including for a time at Theatre Workshop. He has ...
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 ...

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