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Richard Theodore Ely

Subject: Philosophy

(1854–1943)

Richard T. Ely was born on 13 April 1854 in Ripley, New York, and died on 4 October 1943 in Old Lyme, Connecticut. He grew up in Fredonia in ...

Royal Shakespeare Company

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The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre

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2010
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Performing arts, Theatre
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... and Theodore Komissarzhevsky , whose production of King Lear ( 1936 , with Randal Ayrton in the lead) was one of the outstanding successes of the decade. Barry Jackson in the 1940s tried to introduce new ideas and brought from Birmingham the exciting young partnership of director Peter Brook and actor Paul Scofield . Anthony Quayle took over in 1948 and was joined in 1953 by Glen Byam Shaw . Together they brought international as well as national recognition through a series of star performances by the likes of Peggy Ashcroft , Richard...

experimental theatre

experimental theatre   Reference library

The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre

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2010
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Performing arts, Theatre
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...Radical Style (1971) Roselee Goldberg , Performance Art: From Futurism to the Present (1988) Michael Kirby , Happenings (1965) — The Art of Time: Essays on the Avant-Garde (1969) Bonnie Marranca , Theater of Images (1977) James Roose-Evans , Experimental Theatre 1981) Theodore Shank , American Alternative Theatre ...

Chekhov, Anton

Chekhov, Anton (17 Jan. 1860)   Reference library

The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre

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2010
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Performing arts, Theatre
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...have all been emphasized, and the plays are generally seen as optimistic. British Chekhov for many years assumed both tragedy and naturalism, and, in a ‘naturalization’ process, developed an alien, nostalgic approach. Perhaps the most ‘culpable’ of directors was the émigré Theodore Komissarzhevsky , whose famous productions in London between 1925 and 1936 harnessed the talents of John Gielgud , Charles Laughton , Peggy Ashcroft and Edith Evans , and yet sentimentalized and romanticized the plays on the grounds that ‘the English public always...

England

England   Reference library

The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre

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2010
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...Ashcroft , Ralph Richardson , Laurence Olivier , Michael Redgrave . Designers such as Motley and Tanya Moisewitch took their craft in new directions alongside increasingly powerful directors like Tyrone Guthrie . European ideas remained potent through directors like Theodore Kommissarzhevsky and Michel Saint-Denis , whose work at the London Theatre School was to be highly influential if little publicized. In 1929 the union Actors' Equity was founded, just over a decade after the Actors' Association had become a trade union. It joined the ranks...

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

The Two Gentlemen of Verona   Reference library

Michael Dobson, Will Sharpe, and Anthony Davies

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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2015
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Literature, Shakespeare studies and criticism, Performing arts, Theatre
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Oxford University Press

...in the British public’s imagination. In theatrical circles the play even acquired the derisive nickname ‘The Walking Gentlemen’ (‘walking gentleman’ is stock-company slang for a wholly undistinguished minor male role). The play was more popular with French and German audiences (Theodore Fontane, seeing Phelps’s revival, had clamoured for a Berlin production as early as 1857 ), enjoying a major production at the Odéon in 1902 , and proving immensely popular in Weimar Germany in Hans Rothe ’s free translation ( 1933 ): it has held the stage in Europe since the...

Oxford Playhouse

Oxford Playhouse  

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A converted hall known as the ‘Big Game’ Museum on the outskirts of Oxford was opened as a theatre in 1923 by James Fagan, with the first British performance outside ...
Edith Evans

Edith Evans  

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(1888–1976)English actress; made DBE in 1946. After beginning her career with William Poel and then touring with Ellen Terry, she established herself in the 1920s as a distinguished London ...
Dame Peggy Ashcroft

Dame Peggy Ashcroft  

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1907–1991)British actress. She was made a DBE in 1956.Born in Croydon, Ashcroft studied drama at the Central School of Dramatic Art and began her long and distinguished career playing Margaret in ...
twentieth- and twenty-first-century Shakespearian production

twentieth- and twenty-first-century Shakespearian production   Reference library

Dennis Kennedy, rev. Erin Sullivan

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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2015

...and Theodore Komisarjevsky who relied on the institutional theatres of the Old Vic and the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford to insulate their work from the hit-or-flop acerbity of the commercial theatre. The regional repertory theatres, which had spread throughout Britain after the war, were often adventurous. Barry Jackson of the Birmingham Rep brought the first modern-dress Shakespeare to London ( Hamlet in 1925 ), while Terence Gray of the Cambridge Festival Theatre copied continental avant-garde methods in an expressionist Richard III ...

biblical plays

biblical plays   Reference library

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

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2005
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Performing arts, Theatre
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2,187 words

...old traditions lasted into the seventeenth century, the medieval form of biblical drama did not survive the religious upheavals of the sixteenth century in the West. Alexandra F. Johnston Beadle, Richard (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Medieval English Theatre (Cambridge, 1994) Frank, Grace , The Medieval French Drama , 2nd edn. rev. (Oxford, 1967) Muir, Lynette E. , The Biblical Drama of Medieval Europe (Cambridge, 1995) Records of Early English Drama, records volumes (Toronto,...

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