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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 (1854–1888), solicitor’s clerk, and his wife Annie, née Evans, whose father was Daniel Evans of the Victoria ironworks. Following his father’s death, he was brought up in ...

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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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Burge, Stuart Masters Haig (1918–2002), director and actor, was born on 15 January 1918 at 165 High Street, Brentwood, Essex, the third of four children of Henry Ormsby Burge, electrical engineer, and his wife, Kathleen Mary, née Haig. He was educated at Eagle House, Sandhurst...

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Sir Lewis Thomas Casson (1875–1969) by W. Mear, 1906 Garrick Club / the art archive

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Casson, Sir Lewis Thomas (1875–1969), actor and theatre director, was born at 18 Alfred Road, Birkenhead, Cheshire, on 26 October 1875, the third of the seven children of Thomas Casson (1843–1911), bank manager and organ-builder, and his wife, Laura Ann (1843–1912), daughter of ...

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Counsell, John William (1905–1987), actor, theatre manager, and director, was born at Beckenham, Kent, on 24 April 1905, the son of Claude Christopher Counsell, preparatory school headmaster, and his wife, Evelyn Fleming (d. 1941). He was educated at Sedbergh, and Exeter College, Oxford...

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George Alexander Cassady Devine (1910–1966) by Howard Coster, 1934 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Devine, George Alexander Cassady (1910–1966), actor and theatre director, was born on 20 November 1910 in Hendon, near London, the only child of Giorgios Devine, bank clerk, of Hendon, and his wife, Ruth Eleanor Cassady. He was educated at Clayesmore School, of which the founder and headmaster was his uncle ...

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Ebert, Carl [Anton Charles] (1887–1980), actor and opera director, was born on 20 February 1887 in Berlin, the eldest child of Count Potulicky, a Prussian government official in Berlin, who was Polish, and his wife, Mary Collins, who was Irish. He was legally adopted by ...

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Edwards, Hilton Robert Hugh (1903–1982), actor and theatre director, was born on 2 February 1903 at 1 Bathurst Mansions, 460 Holloway Road, London, the only child of Thomas George Cecil Edwards (d. 1910), a district magistrate in India, and his second wife, ...

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Fawcett, Marion [real name Catherine Rodger Campbell; married name Catherine Rodger Ball] (1877–1957), actress and theatre director, was born on 25 November 1877 at 39 Twiss Street, Toxteth Park, Liverpool, the daughter of Peter Campbell, marine engineer, and his wife Catherine, née...

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French, Harold Arthur George (1900–1997), actor and director, was born on 23 April 1900 at 6 Herne Hill Road, Brixton, the son of Irish parents, William Joseph French, a journeyman optician, and his wife, Gertrude Lucy Brady. He was educated at Edge Hill College, Wimbledon...

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Sir (Arthur) John Gielgud (1904–2000) by Howard Coster, 1935 [ [as Romeo] and Dame Peggy Ashcroft (1907–1991) [as Juliet] © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Gielgud, Sir (Arthur) John (1904–2000), actor and theatre director, was born on 14 April 1904 at 7 Gledhow Gardens, South Kensington, London, the third of the four children and youngest of three sons of Frank Henry Gielgud (1860–1949), stockbroker, and his second wife, ...

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Marius Goring (1912–1998) by Howard Coster, 1934 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Goring, Marius (1912–1998), actor and director, was born on 23 May 1912 at Newport, Isle of Wight, the second son of Dr Charles Buckman Goring (1870–1919), a criminologist of a Sussex family, and his wife, Katie Winifred, née Macdonald (1874–1964), a pianist, of Scottish descent. His father, an advanced theorist on the nature and causes of criminal behaviour, was a prison doctor at the time of ...

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Hewins, (Margaret) Nancy (1902–1978), theatre director and actress, was born on 14 February 1902 at The Rowans, Putney Common, London, the daughter of Professor William Albert Samuel Hewins (1865–1931), economist, and his wife, Margaret Slater. She had a sister and a brother. Nancy...

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(Robert) David MacDonald (1929–2004) by Richard Campbell, c. 2003 © Richard Campbell

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MacDonald, (Robert) David (1929–2004), translator, director, and playwright, was born on 27 August 1929 in Elgin, Moray. His mother was a doctor and his father an executive in the family tobacco business (MacDonald's of Glasgow, established in 1840). He grew up in rural ...