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actor-manager

actor-manager  

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A leading actor and manager of his or her own theatre or company. Garrick, at Drury Lane in London from 1747 to 1776, was the prototypical actor-manager: a leading actor ...
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 ...
Badal Sircar

Badal Sircar  

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(1925– )Bengali director, dramatist, and actor. Trained as a civil engineer, in 1962 he composed the absurdist Evam Indrajit, about identity and conformity in the metropolitan jungle; published and ...
breeches role

breeches role  

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A part in which an actress appears in male attire. In English the term has been traditionally applied to parts written for men and performed by women. A commercially successful ...
Ekaterina Semyonova

Ekaterina Semyonova  

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(1786–1849)Russian actress. Semyonova rose from rags to riches to become one of the finest tragic actresses of her day. Blessed with a powerful temperament, she starred in plays by ...
Emilio Carballido

Emilio Carballido  

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(1925–2008)Mexican playwright and novelist. A master of the quotidian, Carballido captures the bittersweet realities of simple but significant lives and the oppressive rhythms of provincial life. A ...
Ethel Merman

Ethel Merman  

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(1909–84)American singer and actress. Born Ethel Zimmerman, the former stenographer was vaulted to fame in the Gershwins' Girl Crazy (1930), in which she introduced ‘I Got Rhythm’. With her ...
Eubie Blake

Eubie Blake  

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(1883–1983).Stage composer and musician. A groundbreaking African American songwriter who often collaborated with lyricist Noble Sissle, he gave Broadway its first truly black musical. Blake was born ...
Fascism and theatre

Fascism and theatre  

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The term ‘fascism’ is used here to cover several ultra-nationalist and anti-liberal movements in the twentieth century that established dictatorial regimes, where their ideology of regeneration was ...
finance

finance  

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Theatre has always been more than a performance by people for people: someone has to pay for the activity, with cash or its equivalent in gifts of time and labour. ...
George Edwardes

George Edwardes  

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(b. Clee, Lincs., 14 Oct. 1852; d. London, 4 Oct. 1915)Theatre manager, known as -the Guv'nor-. He created the glamorous Gaiety Girls chorus line after establishing musical comedy at ...
Hugh Lee

Hugh Lee  

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(1955– )Taiwanese playwright, director, and actor. After a successful early career on stage and television, Lee founded the Ping-Fong Acting Troupe in 1986 and started directing his own work. He ...
INBA

INBA  

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Spanish acronym for the National Institute of Fine Arts of Mexico, established in 1947. Its creation marked the post-revolutionary government's first coherent programme to fund the arts and was a ...
Jim Sharman

Jim Sharman  

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(1945– )Australian director. Sharman's first shows were non-*naturalistic productions at in Sydney. In 1969 his Sydney production of the musical Hair was seen by 1.3 million people, and after the ...
La Mama

La Mama  

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Australian theatre established by Betty Burstall in Melbourne in 1967 after she experienced the informal intimacy and innovation of alternative New York theatre, particularly the La Mama Experimental ...
Larry Kramer

Larry Kramer  

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(1935– )American writer and AIDS activist. One of the first to predict the spread of the disease, Kramer postponed a successful screenwriting and fiction career to agitate for immediate solutions. ...
Lenin El- Ramly

Lenin El- Ramly  

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(1945– )Egyptian playwright, screenwriter, and manager. Ramly's expressionism interlocks with his flair for popular comedy, and serves to pose topical social and political questions. His best-known ...
Leonard Bernstein

Leonard Bernstein  

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(1918–1990)US conductor and versatile composer, whose works range from symphonies to popular musicals.Born at Lawrence, Massachusetts, he studied at Harvard University, the Curtis Institute, and ...
Lin Zhaohua

Lin Zhaohua  

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(1936– )Chinese director. After graduation from the Central Academy of Drama in 1961, Lin has worked regularly as an actor and then a director at the Beijing People's Art Theatre. ...
Mexico City

Mexico City  

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The cultural centre and capital of Mexico, one of the largest urban areas in the world, with a population of over 20 million in 2001. Under Spanish rule it was ...

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