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John Osborne

(1929—1994) playwright and autobiographer

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Alan Bates

Alan Bates  

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(b. Allestree, Derbys, 17 Feb. 1934)Actor, at his best playing outwardly cool but inwardly tormented characters. After training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, he made his debut ...
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 ...
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 ...
Alfréd Radok

Alfréd Radok  

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(1914–76)Czech director and playwright. After the war he staged operas and operettas, usually with Svoboda's scenography. In 1948 he entered the Czech National Theatre but was dismissed, for ...
Angry Young Men

Angry Young Men  

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A journalistic catchphrase loosely applied to a number of British playwrights and novelists from the mid‐1950s, including Amis, J. Osborne, Sillitoe, and C. Wilson, whose political views were radical ...
Anthony Page

Anthony Page  

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(b. Bangalore, India, 21 Sept. 1935)Director. Page was educated in England, trained in New York and directed many plays at the Royal Court Theatre (artistic director, 1964–5). His work ...
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 ...
Bill Bryden

Bill Bryden  

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(b. Greenock, Scotland, 12 April 1942)Director and playwright. After being an assistant at the Belgrade, Coventry, to William Gaskill, and at the Royal Court (1966–8), Bryden became associate ...
Brendan Behan

Brendan Behan  

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(1923–64),Irish playwright, was arrested in 1939 for his involvement with the IRA, and his subsequent period of Borstal training is described in his autobiographical Borstal Boy (1958). His ...
Carl Toms

Carl Toms  

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(1927– ),English designer, whose work was first seen in London in 1957, and who first became known in the field of opera. In 1968 he designed the National Theatre's productions ...
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 ...
Circular, Teatro

Circular, Teatro  

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Uruguayan company, founded in Montevideo in 1954 by Hugo Mazza, his brother Eduardo Malet, and others. Two of Mazza's productions propelled the group to prominence: Elsa Shelley's The Case of ...
Clifford Odets

Clifford Odets  

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(1906–1963)US dramatist and a founder member of the influential Group Theatre of the 1930s.Born into a wealthy middle-class Jewish family in Philadelphia, Odets grew up in New York. An inauspicious ...
David Mamet

David Mamet  

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(1947– ),Chicago‐born dramatist whose work is distinguished by its attentions to the rhythms of blue‐collar speech and the theme of how low‐life criminality mirrors the world of big business. ...
Denis Quilley

Denis Quilley  

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(1927– )English actor. Quilley began his career while still a teenager at the Birmingham Rep, later joining the Old Vic and John Neville's company at Nottingham. A succession of West ...
Doug Lucie

Doug Lucie  

(1953– ),British dramatist, born in Chessington, educated at Worcester College, Oxford. His first play, John Clare's Mad Nuncle (1975), was followed by subsequent works which have been widely admired ...
Encore

Encore  

The most notable of the periodicals devoted to the theatre during the post-war decades. It was first published in 1954 by students of the Central College of Speech and Drama ...
English Stage Company

English Stage Company  

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Organization formed in 1956, mainly to present plays by young and experimental dramatists but also to put before the public the best contemporary plays from abroad. After an unsuccessful attempt ...
Entertainer

Entertainer  

A: John Osborne Pf: 1957, London Pb: 1957 G: Drama in 13 scenes; prose and songs S: English seaside resort, 1956 C: 5m, 2fDomestic scenes of the Rice household alternate with Archie Rice's stage act. ...
Faber and Faber

Faber and Faber  

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A leading British publishing house of the twentieth century, especially notable for its contributions to the fields of poetry and drama. With Sir Maurice Gwyer (1878–1952), Sir Geoffrey Faber ...

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