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Birmingham Repertory Theatre

One of the earliest of the regional repertory theatres in the UK, the Birmingham Rep was founded and funded by Barry Jackson, and had its origins in an amateur group ...

Birmingham Repertory Theatre

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Michael Jamieson

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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2015

... Repertory Theatre . Founded by Sir Barry Jackson in 1913 in a small custom-built theatre near the main railway station, it offered a wide range of plays including all of Shakespeare’s, some in pioneering modern dress . In 1971 the big new theatre opened in the civic centre. A Shakespearian or Jacobean play is staged each year. Michael...

Birmingham Repertory Theatre

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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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208 words

...years Paul Shelving was resident designer. A new theatre complex, including a Studio Theatre, was opened on a different site in 1971 , but without a resident company. Former Royal Shakespeare Company director Bill Alexander took over in 1992 , revived its fortunes and oversaw a major refurbishment in 1999 . He was succeeded in 2001 by Jonathan Church. G. Rowell Claire Cochrane , Shakespeare and the Birmingham Repertory Theatre 1913–1929 (1993) J. C. Trewin , The Birmingham Repertory Theatre 1913–1963 ...

Birmingham Repertory Theatre

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The Companion to Theatre and Performance

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2010
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Performing arts, Theatre
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170 words

... Repertory Theatre One of the earliest of the *regional repertory theatres in the UK, the Birmingham Rep was founded and funded by Barry *Jackson , and had its origins in an amateur group, the Pilgrim Players. Its purpose-built *playhouse opened in 1913 with Twelfth Night ; Jackson was *artistic director and the playwright John Drinkwater the general *manager . In the early decades the repertoire was bold, including premières of works by *Shaw (notably Back to Methuselah , 1923 ) and Drinkwater ( Abraham Lincoln , 1918 ), and actors...

Birmingham Repertory Theatre

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The Concise Oxford Companion to the Theatre (2 ed.)

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2003
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Performing arts, Theatre
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418 words

... Repertory Theatre , one of the most significant enterprises launched in the English theatre during the first half of the 20th century, began with private theatricals in the home of Barry Jackson . From these emerged in 1907 the Pilgrim Players, an amateur company which put on at local halls plays unlikely to be seen in the commercial theatre. Inspired by the opening of a repertory theatre in Manchester in 1908 , and of the Liverpool Playhouse (originally the Liverpool Repertory Theatre) in 1911 , Jackson, who was a wealthy man, built and...

Birmingham Repertory Theatre

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Russell Jackson

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

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Current Version:
2005
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Performing arts, Theatre
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378 words

... Repertory Theatre One of the earliest of the regional repertory theatres in the UK, the Birmingham Rep was founded and funded by Barry Jackson , and had its origins in an amateur group, the Pilgrim Players. Its purpose-built playhouse opened in 1913 with Twelfth Night ; Jackson was artistic director and the playwright John Drinkwater general manager . The stage and forestage were generous in size, the auditorium seated 464 in a single sweep of stalls and raked balcony, and excellent sight lines and acoustics contributed to the...

Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Birmingham Repertory Theatre  

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One of the earliest of the regional repertory theatres in the UK, the Birmingham Rep was founded and funded by Barry Jackson, and had its origins in an amateur group ...
Henry VI Part 1

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Randall Martin 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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2,505 words
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Oxford University Press

... F. R. Benson mounted all three Henry VI plays at Stratford in 1906 . He played Talbot in Part 1 , while Tita Brand played Joan la Pucelle. The play’s opportunities for colourful pageantry were sumptuously exploited. Sir Barry Jackson and Douglas Seale ’s Birmingham Repertory Theatre production in 1953 launched the play’s modern stage life and followed equally revelatory stagings of The First Part of the Contention and Richard Duke of York . Seale contextualized the opening funeral of Henry V by including the epilogue from Shakespeare’s play,...

Pericles

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Sonia Massai and Anthony Davies

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2015
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Literature, Shakespeare studies and criticism, Performing arts, Theatre
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2,543 words
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Oxford University Press

...Seale directed a successful production at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre in 1954 . This revival established an enduring directorial tradition of emphasizing the fairy-tale qualities of the plot and Shakespeare’s unusual use of pageantry, followed, for example, by Glen Byam Shaw ’s Stratford production the following year, with Geraldine McEwan as Marina. It remained, however, one of Shakespeare’s least-revived plays, a situation unimproved by Phyllida Lloyd’s short-lived production at the National Theatre ’s Olivier auditorium in 1991 , until a wave of...

The First Part of the Contention of the Two Famous Houses of York and Lancaster

The First Part of the Contention of the Two Famous Houses of York and Lancaster   Reference library

Randall Martin, Will Sharpe, and Anthony Davies

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2015
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare studies and criticism, Performing arts, Theatre
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2,732 words
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Oxford University Press

...occasion all three Henry VI plays were performed as a historical cycle (another idea borrowed from Germany). Benson satisfied Victorian tastes for sumptuous pageantry, but paced the action between scenes more continuously. Sir Barry Jackson and Douglas Seale ’s Birmingham Repertory Theatre production in 1951 launched the play’s modern stage life. Seale successfully alternated between still and lucid passages of formal verse, and explosions of factional violence. Barbara Jefford drew serious attention to Queen Margaret’s tragic role for the first time....

Richard Duke of York

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Randall Martin, 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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2,705 words
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... Henry VI plays were first performed as a cycle (another idea borrowed from Germany). Benson’s exuberant Gloucester was matched by his wife Constance’s Margaret, played with ‘unflagging force and spirit’ despite heavy cuts. Sir Barry Jackson and Douglas Seale ’s Birmingham Repertory Theatre production in 1952 launched the play’s modern stage life. Seale successfully alternated attention between still and lucid passages of formal verse, and energetic clashing armies. Barbara Jeffrey’s fully humanized interpretation as Queen Margaret drew new attention to...

All’s Well That Ends Well

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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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2,814 words
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Oxford University Press

...directors to take unusual liberties with its text, and even purists sought to justify their revivals by highlighting topical parallels. William Poel ’s production in 1920 , taking a hint from Shaw, presented Helen as a proto-suffragette, while Barry Jackson ’s Birmingham Repertory Theatre production seven years later was in modern dress, with Laurence Olivier as a would-be sophisticated jazz-age Paroles. Robert Atkins produced the play three times ( 1921 , 1932 , 1940 ), to little avail, and it was only when Tyrone Guthrie turned his attentions...

Brian Cox

Brian Cox  

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(b. Dundee, 1 June 1946)Actor. His first professional appearance, with Dundee Repertory Theatre (1961), was followed by seasons at the Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh and Birmingham Repertory Theatre. Since ...
UK regional repertory theatres

UK regional repertory theatres  

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The term repertory theatre (or ‘rep’) refers to the network of publicly subsidized regional theatres throughout the UK that operate regular seasons of plays produced by a resident management. Such ...
Repertory Theatres

Repertory Theatres  

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After the disappearance in the late 19th century of the old stock companies in England and Scotland, a movement was set on foot to bring back the ‘true’ repertory system ...
William Armstrong

William Armstrong  

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(b. Edinburgh, 30 Nov. 1882; d. Birmingham, 5 Oct. 1952)Actor and director. He had a long and varied career, but found his true vocation from 1923 to 1944 as ...
Pilgrim Players

Pilgrim Players  

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An amateur group formed in Birmingham in 1907 by Barry Jackson to present chiefly verse drama. In 1911 their name was changed to the Birmingham Repertory Company, and it formed ...
Paul Shelving

Paul Shelving  

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(1888–1968)English designer. After study in fine art and service in the war, he became resident designer and scene painter at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre under Jackson, and designed Shaw's ...
Dusty Hughes

Dusty Hughes  

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(1947– )English playwright, who has also been assistant director at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre (1970–2), theatre editor for the magazine Time Out (1973–6), television script editor for the ...
repertory movement

repertory movement  

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The name widely applied to a British theatrical movement, operating chiefly in the provinces, which originated in the early years of the twentieth century, was extended between the two world ...
Cedric Hardwicke

Cedric Hardwicke  

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(1893–1964)English actor, knighted in 1934. After beginning with Frank Benson's company, Hardwicke moved to the Old Vic in 1914. After the war he joined the Birmingham Rep, then shifted ...

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