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Barnes, Clive Alexander (1927–2008), dance and drama critic, was born on 13 May 1927 at St Thomas's Hospital, Lambeth, London, the only child of Arthur Lionel Barnes (1898–1940), ambulance driver, and his wife, Freda Marguerite, née Garratt. After their divorce when Clive was seven his mother brought him up (reconciliation later on was cut short by ...

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Beaumont, Cyril William (1891–1976), dance historian and critic, was born on 1 November 1891 at 37 Stockwell Park Crescent, Lambeth, the eldest of three children of Frederick John Beaumont and his wife, Mary Henrietta Balchin. His father was an engineer and the son of an inventor, and was involved with the entertainment business as a prestidigitator and cinematographer. His mother's family had links with ...

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Richardson, Philip John Sampey (1875–1963), journal editor and dance critic, was born on 17 March 1875 in Winthorpe, Nottinghamshire, the son of Edmund John Richardson, maltster, and of his wife, Margaret Sampey. He was educated at Beaumont College and University College School and had early experience in journalism. He married in 1909 ...

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Williams, Peter Lancelot (1914–1995), designer and dance critic, was born on 12 June 1914 at the Manor House, Burton Joyce, Nottinghamshire, the younger child of Major (later Colonel) Godfrey Trevelyan Williams, army officer, and his wife, Awdrie Fraser, née Elkington. At the time of ...