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Joe Orton

(1933—1967) playwright

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Alan Bennett

Alan Bennett  

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(1934– )British writer, actor, and director whose plays, television monologues, and books have delighted audiences.Born in Leeds, the son of a butcher, Bennett was the epitome of the introverted ...
Antonin Artaud

Antonin Artaud  

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(1896–1948)French actor, director, and drama theoretician, who originated the theory of the Theatre of Cruelty.Artaud was born in Marseilles and began his career as an actor. He became interested in ...
black comedy

black comedy  

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A kind of drama (or, by extension, a non-dramatic work) in which disturbing or sinister subjects like death, disease, or warfare, are treated with bitter amusement, usually in a manner calculated to ...
British Broadcasting Corporation

British Broadcasting Corporation  

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(BBC)The development of television in the 1960s led to the Corporation becoming a commercial publisher. The BBC has published a variety of bestsellers—including Kenneth Clark’s Civilisation (1969, ...
Entertaining Mr Sloane

Entertaining Mr Sloane  

A: Joe Orton Pf: 1964, London Pb: 1964 G: Com. in 3 acts S: Living room, England, 1960s C: 3m, 1fSloane, a rootless handsome 19-year-old, is offered a home by an older woman, Kath, in her house built ...
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 ...
gay theatre and performance

gay theatre and performance  

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Theatrical production conceived and performed by gay men for gay audiences. In America, the movement is usually linked to the establishment of Off- and Off-Off-Broadway in the 1960s such as ...
Lindsay Anderson

Lindsay Anderson  

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(b. Bangalore, India, 17 April 1923; d. Péngueux, France, 30 Aug. 1994)Stage and film director. An Oxford graduate, he became a film critic and documentary film maker before joining ...
Loot

Loot  

A: Joe Orton Pf: 1965, Cambridge Pb: 1967 G: Farce in 2 acts S: Living room, England, 1960s C: 5m, 1fHal McLeavy exploits the fact that his friend Dennis drives a hearse for an undertaker: together ...
Lord Chamberlain

Lord Chamberlain  

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A senior official of the royal household, immediately superior to the Master of the Revels, in charge of all Court entertainments. See LORD CHAMBERLAIN'S MEN.
Michael Codron

Michael Codron  

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(1930– )British producer with a reputation built on supporting the work of new writers in the 1960s. In 1958 he produced plays by John Mortimer and Harold Pinter, while later ...
Ralph Richardson

Ralph Richardson  

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(1902–83), actor.The excellent, if somewhat stiffly mannered English performer made his American debut as Mercutio and the Chorus in Katharine Cornell's Romeo and Juliet in 1935. He returned in ...
Richard Barr

Richard Barr  

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(1917–89)American actor, director, and producer. Born Richard Alphonse Baer in Washington, DC, Barr began as an actor in 1938, and made his directing debut in 1948. His chief importance ...
Sheila Hancock

Sheila Hancock  

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(1933– )English performer. An assured comedienne and fine dramatic actress, Hancock first made her name in television in the sitcom The Rag Trade (1961–3). She appeared in the West End ...
What the Butler Saw

What the Butler Saw  

A: Joe Orton Pf: 1969, London Pb: 1969 G: Farce in 2 acts S: Room in a private clinic, 1960s C: 4m, 2fDr Prentice, a psychiatrist interviewing Geraldine Barclay, an attractive young orphan, for the ...
Wyndham's Theatre

Wyndham's Theatre  

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London, in Charing Cross Road. Built for Charles Wyndham, it seats 770 and has the last complete picture-frame surround in London. It opened in 1899 with a revival of T. ...

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