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Arnold Wesker

(b. 1932) English dramatist

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Alan Howard

Alan Howard  

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(1937– )English actor who began a long association with the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1966. He rose rapidly to play Edgar in King Lear and Benedick in Much Ado About ...
alternative theatre

alternative theatre  

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A phrase often used to embrace the successive waves of unconventional theatre and performance groups that formed almost everywhere in the second half of the twentieth century, especially following ...
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 ...
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. ...
Chips with Everything

Chips with Everything  

A: Arnold Wesker Pf: 1962, London Pb: 1962 G: Pol. drama in 2 acts S: Royal Air Force base, c.1960 C: 20mPip Thompson is an idealist, who, when conscripted for National Service, insists that he ...
Christopher Morley

Christopher Morley  

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(1937– )English designer. The structural simplicity of Morley's scenographic approach came to prominence in 1966 in his brightly lit golden box within a larger box for Gaskill's controversial Royal ...
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 ...
Frank Finlay

Frank Finlay  

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(b. Farnworth, Lancs, 6 Aug. 1926)Actor. Finlay made his name at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, and the Royal Court, in Arden's Serjeant Musgrave's Dance (1959) and as Harry Kahn ...
George Devine

George Devine  

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(1910–65)English actor, director, and manager. After Oxford he acted professionally, and from 1936 to 1939 taught at the London Theatre Studio, founded by Michel Saint-Denis, with whom he continued ...
Joan Plowright

Joan Plowright  

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(1929– )English actress. Plowright joined the English Stage Company, run by her former teacher George Devine, in Miller's The Crucible in 1956. At the Royal Court she met Olivier while ...
Jocelyn Herbert

Jocelyn Herbert  

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(1917–2003)English designer, who designed over 70 productions for drama, opera, and film since she joined the English Stage Company in 1956. Influenced by Brecht's designer, Neher, she rapidly ...
John Dexter

John Dexter  

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(b. Derby, 2 Aug. 1925; d. London, 23 March 1990)Director. He joined the English Stage Company as an actor but didn't appear, and soon made his mark as a ...
John Osborne

John Osborne  

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(1929–94), playwright.The British dramatist, whose Look Back in Anger (1957) served as America's introduction to the postwar school of “angry young men,” subsequently found success on Broadway with ...
Kenneth Tynan

Kenneth Tynan  

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(1927–80),dramatic critic, educated at Magdalen College, Oxford. He wrote for various papers, most influentially for the Observer (1954–63), and championed the plays of Osborne, Wesker, Delaney, ...
Kitchen

Kitchen  

A: Arnold Wesker Pf: 1959, London Pb: 1959; rev. 1961 G: Drama in 2 acts S: Kitchen of a London restaurant, 1950s C: 18m, 12fThe action follows a day in the kitchen of the Tivoli, a busy London ...
kitchen sink drama

kitchen sink drama  

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A term applied in the late 1950s to the plays of writers such as Wesker, S. Delaney, and J. Osborne, which portrayed working‐class or lower‐middle‐class life, with an emphasis on domestic realism.
National Youth Theatre of Great Britain

National Youth Theatre of Great Britain  

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Founded in 1956 by Michael Croft, the company of boys from Alleyn's School in London where Croft taught was the first in what would become a UK-wide network of young ...
Plymouth Theatre

Plymouth Theatre  

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(New York).The Shuberts built the 1,000‐seat playhouse on West 45th Street in 1917 and leased it to producer Arthur Hopkins, who used it to present such daring works as ...
problem play

problem play  

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A term commonly used to describe a play which examines a specific social or political problem with the aim of igniting public debate. The genre apparently originated in France in the late 19th cent. ...

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