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Laurence Olivier

(1907—1989) actor and director

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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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 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 ...
Arnold Wesker

Arnold Wesker  

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(1932– )British playwright and director. He became a Fellow of the Royal Society Literature in 1985.Wesker was born in the East End of London into a family of communist Jewish immigrants. He was ...
artistic director

artistic director  

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A manager who controls and oversees artistic policy. Though related in function to the German Intendant and to the directors of older European national theatres like the Comédie-Française, the ...
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 ...
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 ...
Caesar and Cleopatra

Caesar and Cleopatra  

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A: George Bernard Shaw W: 1898 Pf: 1906, Berlin, then New York Pb: 1901 G: Drama in 5 acts and a prologue S: Egypt, 48 bc C: 26m, 4f, extrasIn a Prologue Ra cynically comments on Caesar and ...
Century Theatre

Century Theatre  

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(New York).The playhouse on Seventh Avenue at 59th Street had almost as many names as it had tenants. It opened as Jolson's 59th Street Theatre in 1921, and over ...
character

character  

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In narrative generally, a character is a person depicted within a story, either through description or direct speech; in drama the term usually refers only to persons portrayed by actors. ...
Chichester Festival Theatre

Chichester Festival Theatre  

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The brainchild of local tradesman Leslie Evershed-Martin (1903–94) and funded by public subscription, the 1,400-seat theatre situated in a West Sussex park in the south of England opened in 1962 ...
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 ...
Claire Bloom

Claire Bloom  

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(b. London, 15 Feb. 1931)Actress who established an early reputation in Shakespeare, moving from Stratford-upon-avon (1948) to the Old Vic (1952), where her roles included Cordelia, Ophelia, Viola – ...
Classic Greek Drama in America

Classic Greek Drama in America  

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American playgoers relatively early were afforded opportunities to see many of the great Greek dramatic stories performed, albeit not in translations directly from the Greek. A version of the Medea ...
Colin Blakely

Colin Blakely  

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(1930–87)Irish actor, whose rich stage career was paralleled by a prolific career as a character actor in film and television. His first professional engagement was with the Group Theatre ...
Compagnie des Quinze

Compagnie des Quinze  

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Highly reputed and influential French stage company (1929–34). The artistic descendant of Jacques Copeau's company, its main emphasis was on acting and not scenic spectacle. Its first director was ...
Cort Theatre

Cort Theatre  

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(New York).One of Broadway's smaller and most engaging theatres, the Cort on West 48th Street was designed by Edward B. Corey to hold a thousand spectators comfortably in an ...

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