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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 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 ...
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 ...
Apollo Theatre

Apollo Theatre  

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London, in Shaftesbury Avenue, seating 796 in three tiers, opened in 1901 with a musical comedy, The Belle of Bohemia. Although it was a failure, later productions had good runs ...
Barry Jackson

Barry Jackson  

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(1879–1961)English director and manager. Trained as an architect, Jackson was heir to a fortune derived from one of the leading grocery firms in the Midlands. In 1907 he founded ...
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 ...
Carl Zuckmayer

Carl Zuckmayer  

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(1896–1977)German dramatist and novelist. Zuckmayer's first play, Kreuzweg (1920), was an exercise in expressionism. His breakthrough came in 1925 with his folk comedy The Merry Vineyard, a new form ...
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 ...
Christopher Hampton

Christopher Hampton  

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(1946– ),playwright, screenwriter, and translator, born in the Azores, and educated at New College, Oxford. His first play, When Did You Last See My Mother? (1966), was written when he was 18. This ...
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 – ...
Diana Rigg

Diana Rigg  

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(1938– )English actress. Early roles at Stratford included Helena in Hall's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Bianca in The Taming of the Shrew, and Cordelia in Brook's King Lear (all 1962). ...
Diana Wynyard

Diana Wynyard  

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(b. London, 16 Jan. 1906; d. London, 13 May 1964)Actress, one of the most popular of her time. A member of the Liverpool Repertory Company (1927–9), her first of ...
Folio Society Shakespeare

Folio Society Shakespeare  

The 37 volumes of this handsomely printed edition were issued between 1950 and 1976, using the text of the New Temple Shakespeare. They are chiefly notable for the introductions, of ...
Frith Banbury

Frith Banbury  

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(1912–2008),English actor, manager, and director, who made his first appearance on the stage in 1933, and played a wide variety of parts, both in straight plays and revues, before ...
Hugh Beaumont

Hugh Beaumont  

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(1908–73),Welsh theatre manager, who after experience in several small London theatres was appointed business manager of H. M. Tennent, for nearly 30 years the leading theatrical producers of London. ...
Jean Anouilh

Jean Anouilh  

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(b Bordeaux, 23 Jun. 1910; d Lausanne, 3 Oct. 1987)French playwright. His 1932 ballet for actors Le Bal des voleurs was re-choreographed by Massine (Nervi, 1960) and revived for Royal Ballet (London, ...
John Colicos

John Colicos  

(1928–2000),Canadian actor. Having understudied at the Old Vic in London and acted in the States he joined the Stratford Shakespeare Festival Theatre in his native Canada, where from 1961 ...
King John

King John  

A: William Shakespeare Pf: c.1596–7, London Pb: 1623 G: Hist. drama in 5 acts; blank verse S: England and France, c.1200–16. C: 18m, 4f, extrasKing John's claim to the throne is challenged by his ...
Michael Bryant

Michael Bryant  

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(b. London, 5 April 1928)Actor. Early work with the English Stage Company led him to the Royal Shakespeare Company, where he appeared in, among other things, the first production ...
Nikolai Gogol

Nikolai Gogol  

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(1809–52)Russian writer. Early success came with his short stories, eclipsing his first dramatic efforts. Gogol's theatrical reputation rests primarily on his masterpiece The Government Inspector ...

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