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W. Somerset Maugham

(1874—1965) writer and playwright

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Aleksandr Kurbas

Aleksandr Kurbas  

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(1887–1937)Ukrainian/Soviet director whose career began as an actor in 1912. His first directorial experiments were in Kiev (1917), where he anticipated the avant-garde innovations of Meyerhold. The ...
Argosy

Argosy  

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(1) A Magazine of Tales, Travels, Essays and Poems, a periodical owned and edited 1865–87 by Ellen Wood (Mrs Henry Wood), who was herself a major contributor: it published work ...
Arthur Morrison

Arthur Morrison  

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(1863–1945),novelist, whose ‘realist’ tales of East End life in London were first published in Macmillan's Magazine and later collected as Tales of Mean Streets (1894). He is chiefly remembered for ...
Barry Jackson

Barry Jackson  

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(1879–1961)English director and manager. Trained as an architect, Jackson was heir to a fortune derived from one of the leading grocery firms in the Midlands. In 1907 he founded ...
Cakes and Ale

Cakes and Ale  

A novel by W. Somerset Maugham, published in 1930. Subtitled The Skeleton in the Cupboard, Maugham's novel raised contemporary ire for its satirical portraits. Hugh Walpole detected a cruel ...
Charles Frohman

Charles Frohman  

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(1860–1915)American manager. After a series of show business jobs, Frohman and his brothers Daniel and Gustave took over Steele MacKaye's Madison Square Theatre in 1877. They devised a production ...
Circle

Circle  

A: Somerset Maugham Pf: 1921, London Pb: 1921 G: Com. in 3 acts S: Champion-Cheneys' house, Dorset, 1920 C: 6m, 3fArnold Champion-Cheney MP, pleasant but a bit of a bore, still resents his mother for ...
Comedy Theatre

Comedy Theatre  

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London, in Panton Street, off the Haymarket. This theatre, seating 820 on four tiers, opened in 1881 and housed a series of light operas until in 1887 Beerbohm Tree took ...
Compton family

Compton family  

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Family of actors and actor–managers. Henry Compton (1805–77) was a successful actor and theatre manager whose seven children and many remoter descendants made contributions to the English stage. His ...
Compton Mackenzie

Compton Mackenzie  

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(1883–1972), Kt. (1952), married, first (1905), Faith Stone (c.1878–1960), secondly (1962), Christina MacSween (c.1909–63), and, thirdly (1965), her sister Lilian MacSween (c.1918– ).Born at West ...
Cornhill Magazine

Cornhill Magazine  

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(1860–1975),a literary periodical, began with Thackeray as editor and specialized in the serialization of novels. Trollope's Framley Parsonage was succeeded by the novels of, among others, Mrs ...
Duke of York's Theatre

Duke of York's Theatre  

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Located in the centre of London's West End, the playhouse opened in 1892 as the Trafalgar Square Theatre, changing its name in 1895. Designed by Walter Emden for Frank Wyatt ...
E. Maria Albanesi

E. Maria Albanesi  

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(1859–1936) married Carlo Albanesi (d. 1926).Born in Australia, she was the author of more than 100 penny and sixpenny romances under the pseudonym ‘Effie Adelaide Rowlands’ and of more ...
Edith Evans

Edith Evans  

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(1888–1976)English actress; made DBE in 1946. After beginning her career with William Poel and then touring with Ellen Terry, she established herself in the 1920s as a distinguished London ...
Elinor Mordaunt

Elinor Mordaunt  

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(1872–1942),born Nottinghamshire, England, came to Australia in 1902 and remained for nine years. Some of her contributions to the Bulletin and Lone Hand were published as Rosemary, That's for ...
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 ...
Estelle Winwood

Estelle Winwood  

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(1883–1984), actress.In a career that spanned seventy years, this performer moved from a beautiful leading lady and comedienne to a fine character actress. She was born in Lee, England ...
Ethel Barrymore

Ethel Barrymore  

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(1879–1959), actress.Born in Philadelphia, daughter of Maurice Barrymore and Georgiana Drew Barrymore, she made her stage debut in 1894 playing opposite her grandmother Mrs. Drew in The Rivals. After ...
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 ...
Frank Dunlop

Frank Dunlop  

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(b. Leeds, 15 Feb. 1927)Director and administrator. Dunlop has concentrated on bringing accessible classical work to wide – especially young – audiences. He was director of the Nottingham Playhouse ...

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