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Bickerstaff, Isaac John (b. 1733, d. after 1808), librettist, was born in Dublin on 26 September 1733, the son of John Bickerstaff (d. 1751), a public official, and his wife, Jane, née Brereton (d. 1744). At the abolition of his father's post the eleven-year-old ...

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Bunn, Alfred (1796–1860), theatre manager and librettist, was born on 8 April 1796. In his autobiography, The Stage: both Before and Behind the Curtain (3 vols., 1840), he implied that he came from an upper-class family, but gave no details. He published some poetical works, written in a conventional vein, in 1816 and 1819. In the latter year he embarked on the sequence of positions as lessee and manager of various theatres that, together with writing opera librettos, occupied most of his career. From 1819 until 1824 he held the lease of the ...

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Crozier, Eric John (1914–1994), opera producer and librettist, was born on 14 November 1914 in London, the son of John Crozier and his wife, Ethel Mary Wilson. Unhappy at University College School, Hampstead, Eric acquired his passion for drama at the local Everyman Theatre...

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Eric John Crozier (1914–1994) by Maria Austria, 1948 [[Left to right] , Benjamin Britten (1913-1976), and Sir (William) Tyrone Guthrie (1900-1971), discussing The Beggar's Opera] © reserved; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Ellis, Vivian John Herman (1903–1996), composer and lyricist, was born on 29 October 1903 at 207 Goldhurst Terrace, Hampstead, London, the only son of Henry Herman Ellis (c.1868–1909), tailor, and his wife, Maud Alexandrina Isaacson (1870–1961). He inherited musical talent from his mother, a violin pupil of ...

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Flanders, Michael Henry (1922–1975), actor and lyricist, was born on 1 March 1922 in Hampstead, London, the eldest of three children and the only son of Peter Henry Flanders and his wife, Rosa Laura (Laurie), daughter of Charles O'Beirne of Hastings. His father had followed various occupations, including that of cinema manager; his mother was a professional musician. ...

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Michael Henry Flanders (1922–1975) by Russell Westwood, 1957 [[Left to right] Flanders and Swan: and Donald Swann (1923-1994) in At the Drop of a Hat at the Fortune Theatre] © Estate of Russell Westwood; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Gay, Noel [real name Reginald Moxon Armitage] (1898–1954), composer and lyricist, was born on 15 July 1898 at Park Terrace, Leeds Road, Outwood, Wakefield, the son of Harry Armitage, a colliery clerk, and his wife, Charlotte Elizabeth Moxon. Musically precocious, he won a scholarship to ...