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

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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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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 ...

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Ernest Blythe (1889–1975) by unknown photographer, 1922 Getty Images

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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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Browne, (Elliott) Martin (1900–1980), theatre director, was born at Zeals House, Zeals, Wiltshire, on 29 January 1900, the third son of Colonel Percival John Browne and his wife, Bernarda Gracia née Lees. He was educated at Eton College, and Christ Church, Oxford, where he took seconds in modern history (1921) and theology (1923). On graduating from ...

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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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Burrell, John Percy (1910–1972), theatre director, was born on 6 May 1910 in Naini Tal, north India, the younger of the two sons of Percy Saville Burrell (1871–1958), teacher and headmaster in the Indian education service from 1904 to 1926, and his wife, ...

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

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Cheeseman, Peter Barrie (1932–2010), theatre director, was born on 27 January 1932, at Lobswood, Forest Avenue, Cowplain, Hampshire, the eldest of three children of Eric Raymond Cheeseman (1902–1986), a naval wireless operator later employed by the Air Ministry and Board of Trade, and his wife, ...

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Coleman, Basil Woore (1916–2013), opera, television, and theatre director, was born on 22 November 1916 at 3 Sunderland Place, Clifton, Bristol, the son of Sydney James Coleman, secretary to a mining company in Southern Rhodesia, later an executive in the postal service, and his wife, ...

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Connor, Geraldine Roxanne (1952–2011), ethnomusicologist, theatre director, and composer, was born on 22 March 1952 at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, London, the elder child of Edric Esclus Connor (1913–1968), actor, singer, and folklorist, and his wife, Pearl Cynthia, née Nunez (1924–2005) [see...