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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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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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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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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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Blythe, Ernest [Earnán de Blaghd] (1889–1975), politician and theatre director, was born on 13 April 1889 in Magheragall, Lisburn, co. Antrim, the eldest child of James and Agnes Blythe. He came from a Church of Ireland and staunchly Orange background and was a most unlikely convert to Irish nationalism. Educated at the local ...

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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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Damm, Sheila Van (1922–1987), rally driver and theatre director, was born on 17 January 1922 in Gloucester Terrace, Paddington, London, the youngest of three daughters (there were no sons) of Vivian Van Damm (d. 1960) and his wife, Natalie Lyons. Although her father had sponsored motorcycle speedway events in the 1920s, before inheriting the ...

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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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Dexter, John Henry (1925–1990), theatre director, was born on 2 August 1925 in Derby, the only child of Harry Dexter, plumber, and his wife, Rosanne Smith. There were music, painting, and home theatricals in the family, but Dexter's only formal education was at the local ...

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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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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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Guthrie, Sir (William) Tyrone (1900–1971), director and theatre designer, was born on 2 July 1900 at Tunbridge Wells, Kent, the elder child and only son of Thomas Clement Guthrie, doctor and surgeon, and his wife, Norah Emily Gorman Power. He had much theatrical blood in his veins, since his mother was the granddaughter of ...

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Jackson, Sir Barry Vincent (1879–1961), theatre director, was born at Northfield, a Birmingham suburb then in the county of Worcestershire, on 6 September 1879, the second son and the youngest child by ten years of George Jackson, provision merchant, and his wife, Jane Spreadborough...

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Joseph, (Michael) Stephen Lionel (1921–1967), theatre director and scholar, was born on 13 June 1921 at 1 Harewood Place, Hanover Square, London, the younger son of the publisher Michael Joseph (1897–1958) and his wife, Hermione Ferdinanda, née Gingold (1897–1987), the actress and chanteuse. His parents divorced in 1926, after which ...

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Littlewood, (Maudie) Joan (1914–2002), theatre director and writer, was born on 6 October 1914 at the Clapham Maternity Hospital, 41 Jeffreys Road, Stockwell, London, the first child of Kate Daisy Littlewood (1897–1981), then a brush manufacturer's showroom assistant, of 8 Stockwell Road, London...

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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 ...

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Massey, Raymond (1896–1983), actor and director, was born on 30 August 1896 in Toronto, Canada, the son of Chester Massey (d. 1926) and his wife, Anna Vincent Dobbins (1859–1903). His paternal ancestors had emigrated to America in 1630 and had become one of the most prominent families in ...

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McGrath, John Peter (1935–2002), playwright and director, was born at 3 St David Road, Birkenhead, on 1 June 1935, the son of John Francis McGrath, an elementary school teacher, and his wife, Margaret, née McCann. He grew up in a Roman Catholic family with strong Irish and some Welsh connections. When the Second World War broke out, he was evacuated to a village in ...

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Olivier, Laurence Kerr, Baron Olivier (1907–1989), actor and director, was born at 26 Wathen Road, Dorking, Surrey, on 22 May 1907, the younger son and youngest of the three children of the Revd Gerard Kerr Olivier (1869–1939) and his first wife, Agnes Louise, ...

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Pimlott, Steven Charles (1953–2007), opera and theatre director, was born at 332 Wellington Road North, Stockport, Cheshire, on 18 April 1953, the younger child of Arthur Pimlott, a fire insurance assessor, and his wife, Marian, née Whittaker. At the time of his birth registration the family lived at ...