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Adi Marazban

Adi Marazban  

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(1914–87)Indian playwright, director, editor, and radio and television broadcaster. Trained at the Pasadena Playhouse in the early 1950s, Marazban began writing plays in Parsi-Gujarati on his return ...
Aleksandr Galich

Aleksandr Galich  

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(1919–77)Soviet/Russian writer and bard. Galich trained as an actor, but emerged as a playwright after the war. In 1957 Oleg Efremov intended to open the Sovremennik Theatre in Moscow ...
Aleksandr Tairov

Aleksandr Tairov  

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(1885–1950)Russian/Soviet director. After a period as an actor, Tairov's first important post was at Mardzhanov's Free Theatre in 1913, where he directed his future wife Koonen in Schnitzler's The ...
Alfred Lunt

Alfred Lunt  

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(1892–1977) and(1887–1983)American actors.The Lunts first appeared together in 1919, married in 1922, and made an indelible impression in the Theatre Guild production of Molnár's The Guardsman in ...
Anatoly Vasiliev

Anatoly Vasiliev  

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(1942– )Soviet/Russian director. Vasiliev worked at the Moscow Art Theatre during the 1970s. His production of Slavkin's A Young Man's Grown-up Daughter (1979) at the Stanislavsky Theatre was ...
Antonio Buero-Vallejo

Antonio Buero-Vallejo  

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(1916–2000),Spanish dramatist, whose Historia de una escalera (Story of a Staircase, 1949), set in a tenement slum, won the Lope de Vega Prize and marked the ascendancy of social ...
Ariane Mnouchkine

Ariane Mnouchkine  

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(b. Boulogne-sur-Seine, France, 1939)Director. After university and student theatre she visited the East before founding in Paris the Théâtre du Soleil (1964) along rigorous cooperative lines. ...
August Wilhelm Iffland

August Wilhelm Iffland  

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(1759–1814),German actor and playwright, who virtually controlled the National Theatre at Mannheim from its foundation in 1778 until 1796, playing Franz Moor in the first production of Schiller's Die ...
Barbican

Barbican  

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The complex of high-rise buildings around the Barbican Centre in the City of London. A barbican is the outer defence of a city or castle, especially a double tower above a gate or drawbridge; it is ...
book

book  

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Spoken dialogue of a musical comedy or musical play. (The word libretto is sometimes used, but more commonly denotes the text of an opera.) The book and the lyrics of ...
call-Boy

call-Boy  

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Familiar from the eighteenth century in European and American theatres, boys were required to call performers on stage from dressing rooms or the green room and to hand them properties. ...
Caribbean theatre, anglophone

Caribbean theatre, anglophone  

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The areas of the Caribbean once controlled or colonized by the English, including Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Guyana, St Lucia, the Bahamas, Antigua, Grenada, and St Vincent, have vital ...
Carl Andreas Paulsen

Carl Andreas Paulsen  

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(1620–?)German actor who managed the first important German group of strolling players from 1650 to 1687. Born in Hamburg, Paulsen was probably university educated. The repertoire of his troupe ...
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. ...
Charles Strouse

Charles Strouse  

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(b New York, 7 June 1928).American composer. He studied at the Eastman School of Music and later with Nadia Boulanger and Aaron Copland. The musical Bye Bye, Birdie (1960 ...
claque

claque  

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(Fr.).Smack, clap. Members of the audience at (usually) an opera‐house but also in the concert‐hall who are engaged by a performer, often at considerable expense, to applaud, call for encores, and ...
companies, playing

companies, playing  

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Before the emergence of the professional theatre industry in the second half of the 16th century, companies of travelling players made their livings from performances throughout the kingdom. The ...
Constant-Benoît Coquelin

Constant-Benoît Coquelin  

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(1841–1909),French actor, known as Coquelin aîné to distinguish him from his brother Ernest-Alexandre-Honoré (1848–1909), also an actor, known as Coquelin cadet. They were both at the ...
didaskalia

didaskalia  

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Lit. ‘teaching’, came to be used in Greece as the standard term for the production of a performance at a dramatic festival. Dithyrambs, tragedies, satyr‐plays (see satyric drama), and comedies were ...
directing/director

directing/director  

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Directing is the process of governing preparation for a theatrical performance. In the twentieth century a single person normally exercised this power, now usually called in English the director ...

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