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Adah Isaacs Menken

Adah Isaacs Menken  

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(1835–69), actress.Although her real name was later given variously as Ada McCord, Adelaide McCord, and Dolores Adios Fuertes, this flamboyant, controversial performer, who was the most famous of all ...
Adelaide

Adelaide  

Founded in 1836, the state capital of South Australia has always seen itself as the most ‘English’ and ‘cultured’ of Australia's cities, distinguished by a continuing commitment to theatre in ...
Alan Badel

Alan Badel  

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(1923–82),British actor. A player of great flair, he appeared in 1950 at Stratford-upon-Avon as Claudio in Measure for Measure and as Lear's Fool. He vividly proved his versatility the ...
Alan Howard

Alan Howard  

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(1937– )English actor who began a long association with the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1966. He rose rapidly to play Edgar in King Lear and Benedick in Much Ado About ...
Alastair Sim

Alastair Sim  

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(b. Edinburgh, 9 Oct. 1900; d. London, 19 Aug. 1976)Actor and director, a professor of elocution who began a stage career at 30 and a film career at 35 ...
Albert Finney

Albert Finney  

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(1936– )English actor. One of the young, rough-edged regional actors of the English new wave theatre, Finney has proven to be a versatile performer in classical and comic roles. After ...
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 ...
Alec McCowen

Alec McCowen  

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(1925– )Restrained and intelligent English actor who worked with regional repertory theatres in the 1940s. He joined the Old Vic in 1959 and was quickly established as a versatile actor ...
American Repertory Theatre

American Repertory Theatre  

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Troupe founded by Eva le Gallienne and Margaret Webster in New York, operating in 1946 and 1947. Its goal of producing classical repertory proved impossible in the face of insufficient ...
ancient Greek drama in the twentieth century

ancient Greek drama in the twentieth century  

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In Britain and the United States at the beginning of the twentieth century, classical theatre meant almost exclusively the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. In his projected renewal of ...
Anthony Hopkins

Anthony Hopkins  

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(b. Port Talbot, Wales, 31 Dec. 1937)Actor. He joined the National Theatre in 1966 and made his mark with strong physical performances in roles including Coriolanus (1971) and Macbeth ...
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 ...
Antony and Cleopatra

Antony and Cleopatra  

A tragedy by Shakespeare, printed in the First Folio of 1623, probably written 1606–7. Its chief source is the Life of Antony by Plutarch, as translated by Sir T. North. Minor sources include the ...
Arthur Schnitzler

Arthur Schnitzler  

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(1862–1931)Austrian dramatist and novelist. His first play, Anatol (written 1889–92), describes a bourgeois youth like himself who drifts through endless, superficial pleasures. In 1891 he ...
Athene Seyler

Athene Seyler  

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(b. London, 31 May 1889; d. London, 12 Sept. 1990)Actress. Seyler made her name in a number of Restoration roles at the Lyric Hammersmith, including Melanthea in Marriage à ...
Australia

Australia  

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The country's first conventional theatre was opened in 1796 by an ex-convict, Robert Sideaway – and closed two years later after a spate of robberies on the unattended homes of ...
Australia

Australia  

Although Shakespeare was inevitably part of the cultural baggage brought to Australia by its British colonizers in 1788, the first evidence of performance is a playbill dated 8 April 1800 ...
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 ...

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