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Jackson, Sir Barry

Jackson, Sir Barry   Quick reference

An A-Z Guide to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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2013

..., Sir Barry ( 1879–1961 ) Founder in 1913 of the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, where the many Shakespeare productions included influential modern-dress versions of Cymbeline ( 1923 ), Hamlet ( 1925–6 ), and Macbeth ( 1928 ). He directed the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre at Stratford-upon-Avon from 1945 to 1948...

Jackson, Sir Barry

Jackson, Sir Barry (1879–1961)   Reference library

Dennis Kennedy

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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..., Sir Barry ( 1879–1961 ), English manager , director , designer , and playwright , the founder of the Birmingham Repertory Theatre in 1913 . Using his own substantial inheritance, Jackson funded the first purpose-built regional theatre in Britain and Ireland, which he made into a laboratory for theatrical experiment and change. He produced a wide range of work in Birmingham, London, and at the Malvern Festival, which he founded in 1929 , that invigorated British theatre between the wars. He had two important managerial connections to...

Jackson, Sir Barry Vincent

Jackson, Sir Barry Vincent   Reference library

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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..., Sir Barry Vincent ( 1879–1961 ), English director and wealthy amateur of the theatre. He was trained as an architect, but in 1907 founded an amateur company, the Pilgrim Players, which became professional when in 1913 he built and opened for it the Birmingham Repertory Theatre in his birthplace. Classics and new plays, tragedy and farce, pantomime and ballet, opera, and even marionettes were seen on its stage, and Jackson maintained it with his own money for 22 years as a creative force in the English theatre, often in the face of local hostility...

Henry IV Part 1

Henry IV Part 1   Reference library

Michael Dobson 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
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...play fell from favour, though Samuel Phelps was a notable Sir John in 1847 and, at Drury Lane, in 1864 , in a production otherwise best remembered for its spectacular pictorial recreation of the battle of Shrewsbury. In the 20th century the play gradually regained some measure of its earlier popularity, though unlike Richard III it has never attracted very much interest outside the nation whose history it dramatizes, Sir John seeming as inexplicably English a joke as Mr Punch. Barry Jackson staged a full text of 1 Henry IV in 1913 , and revived...

Henry VI Part 1

Henry VI Part 1   Reference library

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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Oxford University Press

...stimulated many serious and innovative productions. 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...

Richard Duke of York

Richard Duke of York   Reference library

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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Oxford University Press

...at Stratford-upon-Avon in 1906 , when all three 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...

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

...and again in 1906 and 1909 . On the second 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...

Macbeth

Macbeth   Reference library

Michael Dobson, Will Sharpe, Anthony Davies, and Will Sharpe

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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4,275 words
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Oxford University Press
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... Barry Jackson ’s ‘tweedy’ modern-dress production ( 1928 ), Orson Welles ’s ‘voodoo’ design ( 1936 ), and Peter O’Toole’s notoriously gory, melodramatic performance ( 1976 ). Perhaps the period’s only legendary success was Trevor Nunn ’s studio production for the RSC in 1976 , with Ian McKellen and Judi Dench . Further afield, meanwhile, the play inspired Welcome Msomi’s popular Zulu adaptation uMabatha , premièred in Natal in 1972 , which toured throughout the world between 1973 and 1998 . Notable Macbeths in more recent years have been Sir...

Barry Jackson

Barry Jackson  

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(1879–1961)English director and manager. Trained as an architect, Jackson was heir to a fortune derived from one of the leading grocery firms in the Midlands. In 1907 he founded ...
Malvern Festival

Malvern Festival  

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Summer drama festival held annually from 1929 to 1939, revived briefly in the 1940s and 1960s, and re-established as a more general annual arts festival in 1977. Barry Jackson founded ...
John Notman

John Notman  

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 (1810–165) British-born architect.He trained with William Henry Playfair (1790–1857) before emigrating to Philadelphia in 1831, where he designed Laurel Hill Cemetery (1836–9) in emulation of Kensal ...
twentieth-century Shakespearian production

twentieth-century Shakespearian production  

Though Shakespeare's fame had grown steadily since about 1750, in the 20th century he became the dominant writer for the stage for much of the world. Performance of his plays ...
Kingsway Theatre

Kingsway Theatre  

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Opened in 1882, it had a chequered history from the start, but included the first performance in England of Ibsen's A Doll's House (1889). Reopened in 1900 (as the Great ...
Henry IV Part 2

Henry IV Part 2  

Adarker more worldly play than its exuberant predecessor, 2 Henry IV was probably begun soon after 1 Henry IV, in 1597, but it may have been laid aside while Shakespeare ...
Matthew Flinders

Matthew Flinders  

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(1774–1814),British navigator and explorer who entered the Royal Navy in 1789, served at the battle of the Glorious First of June in 1794, and in the following year sailed as a midshipman to ...
Nigel Playfair

Nigel Playfair  

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(b. London, 1 July 1874; d. London, 19 Aug. 1934)English actor, producer and manager. From 1918 he was the owner and manager of the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, where for ...
Anthony Quayle

Anthony Quayle  

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(1913–89)English actor and director. An engaging, intelligent, and energetic man, Quayle played supporting roles at the Old Vic under Tyrone Guthrie, appearing with Olivier, Richardson, Gielgud, and ...
Gothic Revival

Gothic Revival  

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A revival of the Gothic style of architecture which began in the late 18th cent. with a new romantic interest in the medieval, and produced Walpole's Strawberry Hill and Beckford's Fonthill. This was ...
Timon of Athens

Timon of Athens  

A drama by Shakespeare, probably in collaboration with Middleton, written probably about 1607 and apparently left unfinished; it was printed in the First Folio (1623). The material for the play is in ...
Royal Court Theatre

Royal Court Theatre  

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Small playhouse, opened in 1888 in Sloane Square in London, home to two of the most influential ventures in British theatre. The first occurred from 1904 to 1907, when Granville ...

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