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(b. 1937) British dramatist, born in Czechoslovakia

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A. E. Housman

A. E. Housman  

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(1859–1936)British poet and classical scholar.The eldest son of a Worcestershire solicitor, Housman was educated at Bromsgrove School. Despite the death of their mother (1870), the family was in ...
American Conservatory Theatre

American Conservatory Theatre  

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(ACT)Founded in 1965 in Pittsburgh by director William Ball, it moved the following year to Stanford University before finding a permanent home at San Francisco's Geary Theater in 1967 ...
Arcadia

Arcadia  

A: Tom Stoppard Pf: 1993, London Pb: 1993 G: Drama in 2 acts S: Room in large country house in Derbyshire, 1809 and 1993 C: 8m, 4fLady Thomasina Coverly, a precocious 13-year-old, is being taught ...
Arthur Schnitzler

Arthur Schnitzler  

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(1862–1931)Austrian dramatist and novelist. His first play, Anatol (written 1889–92), describes a bourgeois youth like himself who drifts through endless, superficial pleasures. In 1891 he ...
Arts Theatre

Arts Theatre  

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Always hovering artistically on the fringes of the West End of London, the 347-seat Arts Theatre opened in 1927 as a club for unlicensed and experimental drama. In its first ...
Bob Crowley

Bob Crowley  

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(b. Cork, Ireland, 10 June 1952)Designer. In the 1980s, Crowley developed a postmodern design language for the Royal Shakespeare Company's large theatres. He used the entire stage space and ...
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 ...
Cleveland Play House

Cleveland Play House  

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America's oldest producing regional theatre, founded in Ohio in 1915 as an amateur group to present native plays. Its opening season came in 1916 under its first president Charles S. ...
Delphine Seyrig

Delphine Seyrig  

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(1932–90),Lebanese-born French actress, who became well known in the early 1960s through Resnais's film L'Année dernière à Marienbad and her performance as Nina in Chekhov's The Seagull. The ...
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). ...
Edinburgh Festival

Edinburgh Festival  

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An international festival of the arts held annually in Edinburgh since 1947. In addition to the main programme a flourishing fringe festival has developed.
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 ...
Ferenc Molnár

Ferenc Molnár  

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(1878–1952)Hungarian playwright, whose ingeniously constructed boulevard dramas effectively combine romantic feeling with lightly cynical realism.Born at Budapest, Molnár studied law but in 1896 ...
fringe theatre

fringe theatre  

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In Britain offers a platform for productions that because of their political content, experimental nature, or unfamiliarity are unlikely to succeed in more conventional surroundings. The term dates ...
Hamlet

Hamlet  

A legendary prince of Denmark, hero of a tragedy by Shakespeare. The story is based on one in Saxo Grammaticus's Historiae Danicae, in which the young prince is opposed to the usurping uncle who has ...
Harold Hobson

Harold Hobson  

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(b. Thorpe Hesley, nr Rotherham, Yorks, 4 Aug. 1904; d. Westhampnett, Sussex, 12 March 1992)Theatre critic. He became the London drama critic of the Christian Science Monitor in 1931 ...
Harriet Walter

Harriet Walter  

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(b. London, 24 Sept. 1950)Actress, in some respects of archetypal Englishness: statuesque, with noble good looks, considerable intelligence and immense grace. After early days in alternative theatre ...
Inter-Action

Inter-Action  

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Set up in 1968 as a cooperative by American Ed Berman, producing theatre in education and pioneering lunchtime theatre, they eventually ran many community theatre projects, running the Fun Art ...
Invention of Love

Invention of Love  

A: Tom Stoppard Pf: 1997, London Pb: 1997 G: Drama in 2 acts S: The Underworld, 1936; Oxford, 1877–80; Worcestershire 1881 and 1897; London, 1882–97 C: 21m, 1f, extrasThe poet and classical scholar ...
James Joyce

James Joyce  

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(1882–1941),novelist, born at Rathgar, Dublin, educated at University College, Dublin, where Gogarty was a fellow student. Early influences included Gerhard Hauptmann, Dante, G. Moore, Ibsen, and ...

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