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Adams, William Bridges- (1889–1965), theatre producer, was born on 1 March 1889 at 8 Marlborough Villas, Wealdstone, Harrow, the only son of Walter Bridges Adams (d. 1902), tutor, and his wife, Mary Jane Daltry (1854–1939) [see Adams, Mary Jane Bridges-]. Nothing in his background suggested a theatrical career, and he remained to the end of his days a quite untheatrical person. But he was brought up on ...

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Armstrong, William (1882–1952), actor and theatre producer, was born at Edinburgh on 30 November 1882, the eldest son of John Armstrong, a grocer, and his wife, Annie Tait. Descended from schoolmasters and ministers, young William was brought up to be a devout Baptist and a teetotaller, and as raconteur and humorist would recall singing at ...

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Asche, (Thomas Stange Heiss) Oscar (1871–1936), actor and theatre producer, was born in Geelong, Victoria, Australia, on 24 January 1871, the son of Thomas Asche (1826–1898), a Norwegian by birth. Asche referred to his mother as being 'a Kentish woman of farming stock' (...

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Badel, Alan Fernand (1923–1982), actor and theatre producer, was born in Rusholme, Manchester, on 11 September 1923, the son of Auguste Firman Joseph Badel (1891–1962), a shipping clerk and office manager of French birth, and his wife of Huguenot descent, Elizabeth Olive Till (...

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Alan Fernand Badel (1923–1982) by Vivienne, 1950s © Vivienne; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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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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Bargate [married names Proud, Keeffe], Verity Eileen (1940–1981), theatre producer and novelist, was born on 6 August 1940 in Exeter, the second child of Ronald Arthur Bargate, electrical shopkeeper and later sales manager in the London Metal Warehouse, and his wife, ...

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Bridge, (Stephen Henry) Peter (1925–1982), theatre producer, was born at Wimbledon, Surrey, on 5 May 1925, the only son and eldest child of Stephen Henry Howard Bridge (d. 1943), stockbroker, of Wimbledon, and his wife, Ella Mary Twine (d. 1940). He was educated at ...

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Campbell [née Callander], Janey Sevilla [Lady Archibald Campbell] (1846–1923), theatre producer, was born on 18 March 1846, probably at Craigforth House, Stirlingshire, the third daughter of James Henry Callander of Ardkinglas and Craigforth (1804–1851) and his first wife, Jane Plumer (1818–1846), daughter of ...

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Carey, (Francis) Clive Savill (1883–1968), singer and opera producer, was born at the White House, Sible Hedingham, Essex, on 30 May 1883, the fourth child and elder son of Francis Carey (1840–1911) and his wife, Elizabeth Harrowell (1852–1930/31). Gordon Vero Carey was his brother. ...