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Albery, Sir Bronson James (1881–1971), theatre director, was born at Greenhithe, Kent, on 6 March 1881, the second in the family of three sons of James Albery (1838–1889), dramatist, and his wife, Mary Charlotte Moore (1861–1931), actress, later Lady Wyndham. He was named after the American dramatist ...

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Sir Bronson James Albery (1881–1971) by Howard Coster, 1935 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Anderson, Lindsay Gordon (1923–1994), film and theatre director, was born on 17 April 1923 at King Lodge, Bangalore, India, the second of the three sons of Major-General Alexander Vass Anderson (1895–1963) and his first wife, Estelle Bell, née Gasson (1898–1973). Both parents were Scottish, although his mother was born in ...

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Lindsay Gordon Anderson (1923–1994) by Lewis Morley, 1960 © Lewis Morley, courtesy of The Akehurst Bureau; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Atkins, (Alexander) Robert (1886–1972), actor and theatre director, was born in Dulwich, London, on 10 August 1886, the son of Robert Atkins and his wife, Annie (née Evans). He was educated privately and then studied at the Academy of Dramatic Art from 1905 to 1906. For professional purposes he shortened his name to ...

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(Alexander) Robert Atkins (1886–1972) by unknown photographer Bristol University Theatre Collection

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Banbury, (Frederick Harold) Frith (1912–2008), actor, theatre director, and producer, was born on 4 May 1912 at 8 The Terrace, The Hoe, Plymouth, the elder child of Captain Frederick Arthur Frith Banbury (1874–1951), naval officer, and his wife, Winifred, née Fink (1876/7–1960). His sister ...

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Barker, Harley Granville Granville- (1877–1946), theatre director and playwright, was born (without the hyphenated surname) in Kensington, London, on 25 November 1877, the only son and elder child of Albert James Barker, a dilettante architect and property developer, and his wife, Mary Elisabeth Bozzi Granville...

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Harley Granville Granville- Barker (1877–1946) by John Singer Sargent, 1900 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Benthall, Michael Pickersgill (1919–1974), theatre director, was born at 29 Hertford Street, Mayfair, London, on 8 February 1919, the son of Sir Edward Charles Benthall (1893–1961), director of the Reserve Bank of India, and his wife, the Hon. Ruth McCarthy, née Cable, daughter of ...