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Aleksei Arbuzov

Aleksei Arbuzov  

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(1908–86)Soviet/Russian playwright. Arbuzov trained as an actor before turning to dramatic writing in the 1930s. His play Tanya (1938) exemplifies the demands of socialist realism for ‘conflictless’ ...
Anton Chekhov

Anton Chekhov  

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(1860–1904), playwright.The great Russian writer of stories and plays did not achieve American recognition until nearly twenty years after his death. The earliest performances of his works in the ...
Belgrade Theatre

Belgrade Theatre  

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Coventry, built in 1958, the first new theatre to be built in England since the Oxford Playhouse in 1938 and also the first civic theatre, receiving subsidies from local funds ...
David Aukin

David Aukin  

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(1942– ),English theatre manager and director, originally a solicitor. He began his theatrical career on the Fringe, being associated with the Joint Stock and Foco Novo companies, both of which ...
Elric Hooper

Elric Hooper  

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(b. Christchurch, New Zealand, 1936)Actor and director. After a scholarship to the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (1958–60) and work with the Old Vic (Zeffirelli's Romeo and ...
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 ...
Glen Byam Shaw

Glen Byam Shaw  

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(1904–86)Actor and director, co-director with Anthony Quayle of the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 1952–6; Director, 1956–9.
James Bernard Fagan

James Bernard Fagan  

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(b. Graigneaverne, Queen's County, Ireland, 10 May 1873; d. Los Angeles, 17 Feb. 1933)Actor, director and playwright. He was a member of Benson's and Tree's companies as a young ...
John Gielgud

John Gielgud  

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(1904–2000), actor and director.A grandnephew of Ellen Terry, the slightly arch, musical‐voiced actor first appeared in New York in 1928 as the Grand Duke Alexander in The Patriot. However ...
Little Theatre movement

Little Theatre movement  

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The wave of small amateur companies founded in the United States from 1909 to 1929. Professional theatre production in the USA had by 1890 been consolidated under the Theatrical Syndicate ...
Maggie Smith

Maggie Smith  

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(1934– )English actress who started her career as Viola for the Oxford University Dramatic Society in 1952. She made her New York debut in the New Faces of 56 Revue ...
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A city in central England on the River Thames; site of Oxford University, the oldest English university, comprising a federation of thirty-nine colleges, the first of which, University College, was ...
Pamela Brown

Pamela Brown  

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(1917–75),English actress, who in a distinguished, though comparatively short, career won many admirers. She made her stage début in 1936 at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre as Juliet, later playing ...
Peter Wood

Peter Wood  

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(b. Colyton, Devon, 8 Oct. 1927)Director. Wood worked at the Oxford Playhouse and Arts Theatre before notably directing The Devils (1961) for the Royal Shakespeare Company and The Master ...
repertory movement

repertory movement  

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The name widely applied to a British theatrical movement, operating chiefly in the provinces, which originated in the early years of the twentieth century, was extended between the two world ...
Robin Phillips

Robin Phillips  

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(b. Haslemere, Surrey, 28 Feb. 1942)Director. He became associate director of the Bristol Old Vic in 1960, having acted for them and trained at the school. After work at ...
Tanya Moiseiwitsch

Tanya Moiseiwitsch  

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(b. London, 3 Dec. 1914)Designer. She worked with Hugh Hunt at the Abbey Theatre and designed over 50 productions there (1935–9). After weekly rep at the Oxford Playhouse (1941–4) ...

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