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Gilbert Arthur À Beckett (1837–1891) by Bassano © National Portrait Gallery, London

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À Beckett, Gilbert Arthur (1837–1891), playwright and satirist, born at Portland House, Fulham, Middlesex, on 7 April 1837, was the eldest son of Gilbert Abbott À Beckett (1811–1856), journalist and Metropolitan Police magistrate, and his wife, Mary Anne (1817–1863), composer, daughter of Joseph Glossop...

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Ackland, Rodney (1908–1991), playwright, was born Norman Ackland Bernstein on 18 May 1908, at 5 Palmeira Gardens, Southend, Essex, the only son of Nathan Bernstein, a Jewish mantle manufacturer originally from Warsaw, and his wife, Emily Diana Lock (c.1874–1959), a former musical comedy artiste specializing in pantomime boys under the stage name ...

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Addison, Henry Robert (1805–1876), playwright and army officer, was born of Irish parentage in 1805 at Calcutta, and spent his early life in India. He acquired on 12 July 1827 a commission in the cavalry as cornet in the 2nd dragoon guards, and progressed to lieutenant on 15 March 1831. Part of his ...

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Albery, James [Jim] (1838–1889), playwright, eldest of the six children of James Albery (d. 1859), rope maker and cotton-waste dealer, and his wife, Amelia Eleanor (d. 1870), was born in Swan Street, Trinity Square, Southwark, London, on 4 May 1838. After private schooling, from 1852 to 1859 he trained as an architect with a firm in ...

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Ali, Dusé Mohamed [known as Dusé Mohamed] (1866–1945), journalist and playwright, was born Mohamed Ali on 21 November 1866, in Alexandria, Egypt, the son of Abdul Salem Ali, otherwise Abbas Mohamed (d. 1882), an Egyptian army officer, and his Sudanese wife. In 1876 his father sent him to study in ...

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Allen, James John [Jim] (1926–1999), playwright and scriptwriter, was born on 7 October 1926 at 31 Higher Duke Street, Miles Platting, Manchester, the second child of John (Jack) Allen, a railway labourer, and his wife, Catherine (Kitty) Lee. The family was of Irish descent. After attending local Roman Catholic schools, ...

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Allingham, John Till (fl. 1799–1810), playwright, was the son of an Irish wine merchant in the City of London. He trained for the law, but made his name as a successful and prolific playwright. Both he and his sister appeared on the stage....

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Andrews, Miles Peter (1742–1814), playwright and politician, the second son of William John Andrews, a drysalter in Watling Street, London, and his wife, Kerthrine, was baptized at St Antholin, London, on 5 October 1742. He was educated in Utrecht in the Netherlands, and intended for foreign business at ...

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Arden, John (1930–2012), playwright and author, was born on 26 October 1930 at 29 Guest Road, Barnsley, the son of Charles Alwyn Arden (1891–1979), a glassworks manager, and his wife, Annie Elizabeth, née Layland (1895–1985), a primary school teacher. Educated at a preparatory school in ...