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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 ... ...

Malvern Festival

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Victoria Stec

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

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2005
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... Festival 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 the festival in 1929 as a forum for British drama. The first season included the British première of The Apple Cart by George Bernard Shaw , the festival's patron. His works continued to feature prominently, but the festival also presented the work of dramatists ranging from Thomas Heywood , Ben Jonson , and John Dryden to Arthur Pinero , James...

Malvern Festival

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

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2003
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... The Barretts of Wimpole Street ( 1930 ). After the 1937 season Jackson withdrew and the festival was run by the manager of the Malvern Theatre. After the Second World War the festival was revived only once, in 1949 , when Shaw's Buoyant Billions had its first English production. In 1964 the theatre, seating 799, was taken over by a Trust, and since 1977 the festival has been revived as a Shaw and Elgar Festival each spring, the rest of the year being taken up by visits from touring companies and productions by a resident amateur company....

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 ...
Pitlochry Festival Theatre

Pitlochry Festival Theatre  

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Perthshire, Scotland. The idea of building a ‘theatre in the hills’ for the presentation of plays in repertory came to its founder, John Stewart, during a visit to the Malvern ...
Apple Cart

Apple Cart  

A play by G. B. Shaw, first performed in Polish in Warsaw in June 1929 and in English at the Malvern Festival two months later. Set in the future, it ...
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 ...
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 ...
Queen's Theatre

Queen's Theatre  

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London.1. In Long Acre. This building, erected in 1849, was known originally as St Martin's Hall, and was used on a number of occasions by Charles Dickens reading from his ...
Elisabeth Bergner

Elisabeth Bergner  

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(1900–86), actress.The famed Viennese‐born leading lady came to America as a refugee and first appeared as the unwed mother Gemma Jones in Escape Me Never (1935). After some years ...
Alec Clunes

Alec Clunes  

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(1912–70)British actor, director, and manager. Best known for running the Arts Theatre in London from 1942 to 1952 and for performing alongside stars such as Olivier, Gielgud, and Scofield ...
Wendy Hiller

Wendy Hiller  

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(b. Bramhall, Cheshire, 15 Aug. 1912)Actress. A student at the Manchester Repertory Theatre, where she made her acting debut in 1930, she first appeared in the West End as ...
Henri Ghéon

Henri Ghéon  

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(1875–1944), French Catholic writer. He tried to build up a Christian theatre, producing his own plays and working with a company of young RCs which he founded in 1924. Many of his works dealt with ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Hardwicke, Cedric

Hardwicke, Cedric (19 Feb. 1893)   Reference library

The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre

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2010
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...Vic company in 1914 . After the First World War he joined the Birmingham Repertory Theatre company, where his career as a versatile male lead took off. He was especially applauded for his Shavian roles, and he created the role of King Magnus in shaw 's The Apple Cart (Malvern Festival, 1929 ), which transferred to London to great critical acclaim. He worked with equal success in film and theatre, dividing much of his career between London and New York. His memoirs were published as Let's Pretend ( 1932 ) and A Victorian in Orbit ( 1961 ). He was...

Shelving, Paul

Shelving, Paul   Reference library

The Companion to Theatre and Performance

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2010
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...resident designer and scene painter at the *Birmingham Repertory Theatre under *Jackson , and designed *Shaw 's Back to Methusaleh ( 1923 ) and the famous modern-dress Shakespeare productions ( 1925–8 ). For a decade from 1929 he was resident designer at the new Malvern Festival with Shaw and Jackson, and after the Second World War he returned to Birmingham for Man and Superman , King John , and *Ibsen 's Lady from the Sea with *Brook as director. Shelving's personal signature was simplicity of colour and line, with bold colourful patterns...

Hardwicke, Cedric

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Thomas Postlewait

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

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2005
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...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 to London in 1925 , appearing in several of Shaw 's plays in the next ten years. He also acted at the Malvern Festival . In the late 1930s he performed in New York , then he moved to Hollywood and films . In 1948 he returned to the Old Vic, taking roles in Chekhov , Marlowe , and Shakespeare . In 1958 he once again shifted to New York, which became his base for the rest of his...

Clunes, Alec

Clunes, Alec (17 May 1912)   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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...Alec [ Alexander Sheriff de Moro ] (b. London , 17 May 1912 ; d. London , 13 March 1970 ) Actor , director and manager . Clunes began his career in 1934 with Ben Greet 's company, the Old Vic and later the Malvern Festival. His acting was eclipsed when he took over the small Arts Theatre Club in 1942 , running it for eight years as a producing venue. Clunes championed Shaw and new work, with premières from Fry (who wrote The Lady's Not For Burning , 1948 , on a salary from Clunes, who played the lead), Ustinov and Whiting ...

Shelving, Paul

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Pamela Howard

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

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2005
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160 words

...designer and scene painter at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre under Barry Jackson , and designed Shaw 's Back to Methusaleh ( 1923 ) and the famous modern-dress Shakespeare productions ( 1925–8 ). For a decade from 1929 he was resident designer at the new Malvern Festival with Shaw and Jackson , and after the Second World War he returned to Birmingham for Man and Superman , King John , and Ibsen 's Lady from the Sea with the young Peter Brook as director. Shelving's personal signature was simplicity of colour and line, with bold...

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