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Albery family

Albery family  

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Theatrical dynasty founded by James Albery (1838–89), a successful playwright and adapter of plays from the French. (His record-breaking Pink Dominos, 1877, was being revived well into the twentieth ...
Aldwych Theatre

Aldwych Theatre  

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Chekhov might have enjoyed the irony: the London theatre that saw the first production in England of The Cherry Orchard (in 1911, six years after the 1,100-seater opened) became best ...
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 ...
audience

audience  

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The role of the theatre audience has been both preserved and challenged in the twentieth century. The set of conventions for mainstream theatre, requiring a particular response to the on-stage ...
Cecil Beaton

Cecil Beaton  

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(1904–80), designer.The noted English scenic and costume designer sometimes provided both sets and costumes for Broadway productions, as with Lady Windermere's Fan (1946), The Grass Harp (1952), ...
Embassy Theatre

Embassy Theatre  

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Built in 1927 in north London, it took over from the neighbouring Everyman as a suburban venue for West End try-outs but made its special contribution in the early 1930s ...
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 ...
farce

farce  

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A form of popular comedy with its distant roots in the improvisations which actors introduced into the text of medieval religious dramas (the word is derived from the word farce, ‘stuffing’). Later ...
German-language theatre

German-language theatre  

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The theatre in the German-speaking world, as an important public institution, looks back on a long tradition of serving as a purveyor of culture rather than of ‘mere’ entertainment. The ...
Half Moon Theatre

Half Moon Theatre  

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Founded in 1972 in a disused synagogue in east London, it aimed to be a People's Theatre combining left-wing politics and an appeal to the local working-class community. It became ...
Hampstead Theatre Club

Hampstead Theatre Club  

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This north London club became a classic upmarket fringe theatre. It opened in the multi-purpose Moreland Hall in 1959, producing London premières of plays by Pinter and Ionesco. In 1962 ...
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. ...
James Baldwin

James Baldwin  

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(1924–87),black American novelist. His first novel, Go Tell It on the Mountain (1953), set in Harlem, was followed by several on a more international scale, dealing with both homosexuality and the ...
Jonathan Miller

Jonathan Miller  

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(b. London, 21 July 1934)Director and author. Miller qualified as a medical doctor at Cambridge, co-authored and appeared in the revue Beyond the Fringe (Edinburgh Festival, 1960; West End ...
Kevin Elyot

Kevin Elyot  

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(1951– ),playwright born in Birmingham, educated at Bristol University. The first of his plays about modern homosexual love, loss, and betrayal was Coming Clean (1982). My Night with Reg (1994, Royal ...
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 ...
London

London  

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The modern history of London theatre begins after the Theatres Act 1834 abolished the monopoly of the seventeenth-century royal patent that allowed only two companies to perform legitimately. Massive ...
Lyric Theatre

Lyric Theatre  

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New York, on West 42nd Street. This opened in 1903 with Old Heidelberg, starring Richard Mansfield, who for some years returned regularly with his company, the theatre being used also ...
Mark Ravenhill

Mark Ravenhill  

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(1967– )English playwright. The title of his first full-length play, Shopping and Fucking (1996), may have misled critics into seeing Ravenhill as celebrating the ecstasy-fuelled, sexually ...
Mermaid Theatre

Mermaid Theatre  

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Opened in 1959 at Puddle Dock, Blackfriars, in London, the single-block, 500-seat, open-stage auditorium united actors and audience in a brick-walled continuity, the outcome of Bernard Miles's ...

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