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Barry Jackson

(1879—1961) theatre director

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All's Well that Ends Well

All's Well that Ends Well  

A comedy by Shakespeare, first printed in the First Folio of 1623. Its close affinity to Measure for Measure suggests that it was written 1604–5. Both plays are generally classified as ...
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 ...
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 ...
Cymbeline

Cymbeline  

A play by Shakespeare, first published in the Folio of 1623. It may have been written in 1609/10, probably first performed 1611. Its sources are Holinshed, A Mirror for Magistrates, and perhaps ...
finance

finance  

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Theatre has always been more than a performance by people for people: someone has to pay for the activity, with cash or its equivalent in gifts of time and labour. ...
First Part of the Contention of the two Famous Houses of York and Lancaster

First Part of the Contention of the two Famous Houses of York and Lancaster  

The play was originally known and performed as The First Part of the Contention of the Two Famous Houses of Lancaster and York, with the Death of the Good Duke ...
Hamlet

Hamlet  

A legendary prince of Denmark, hero of a tragedy by Shakespeare. The story is based on one in Saxo Grammaticus's Historiae Danicae, in which the young prince is opposed to the usurping uncle who has ...
Henri Ghéon

Henri Ghéon  

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(1875–1944), French Catholic writer. He tried to build up a Christian theatre, producing his own plays and working with a company of young RCs which he founded in 1924. Many of his works dealt with ...
Henry IV Part 2

Henry IV Part 2  

Adarker more worldly play than its exuberant predecessor, 2 Henry IV was probably begun soon after 1 Henry IV, in 1597, but it may have been laid aside while Shakespeare ...
John Drinkwater

John Drinkwater  

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(1882–1937),a prolific poet, dramatist, critic, and actor. His work appeared in all five volumes of Georgian Poetry, and was collected in 1933 in Summer Harvest. He wrote many plays, including ...
Kingsway Theatre

Kingsway Theatre  

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Opened in 1882, it had a chequered history from the start, but included the first performance in England of Ibsen's A Doll's House (1889). Reopened in 1900 (as the Great ...
Laurence Olivier

Laurence Olivier  

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(1907–89), actor, director, and manager.The most acclaimed English thespian of his generation, he made early New York appearances in Murder on the Second Floor (1929), Private Lives (1931), The ...
Liverpool Playhouse

Liverpool Playhouse  

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The home of the Liverpool Repertory Company from 1911 (see regional repertory theatres, UK), it was renamed the Playhouse in 1917. The ambitious repertoire of the first director, Basil Dean ...
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 ...
modern dress

modern dress  

The use of contemporary costumes for classic plays. The Elizabethans had loose ideas about earlier periods and were not conscious of anachronisms, as evidenced by the Peacham drawing of Titus ...
Nigel Playfair

Nigel Playfair  

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(b. London, 1 July 1874; d. London, 19 Aug. 1934)English actor, producer and manager. From 1918 he was the owner and manager of the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, where for ...
Paul Scofield

Paul Scofield  

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(b. Hurstpierpoint, Sussex, 21 Jan. 1922)Actor, equally at home in comic and tragic roles, in classical and contemporary drama. After studying at the London Mask Theatre School and making ...
Paul Shelving

Paul Shelving  

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(1888–1968)English designer. After study in fine art and service in the war, he became resident designer and scene painter at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre under Jackson, and designed Shaw's ...
Peter Brook

Peter Brook  

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(b. 1925), director.London born and educated at Oxford, Brook established himself as a major West End director before staging the American musical House of Flowers (1954). After directing the ...
Philip Prowse

Philip Prowse  

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(b. Worcester, 29 Dec. 1937)Designer and director. He joined the Glasgow Citizens' Theatre as a designer (all-male Hamlet, 1970) and became one of its triumvirate of directors with Giles ...

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