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Ackland, Rodney (1908–1991), playwright  

Hilary Spurling

Ackland, Rodney (1908–1991), playwright, was born Norman Ackland Bernstein on 18 May 1908, at 5 Palmeira Gardens, Southend, Essex, the only son of Nathan Bernstein, a Jewish mantle manufacturer originally from Warsaw, and his wife, Emily Diana Lock (c.1874–1959), a former musical comedy artiste specializing in pantomime boys under the stage name ...

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Allen, James John [Jim] (1926–1999), playwright and scriptwriter  

Jason Tomes

Allen, James John [Jim] (1926–1999), playwright and scriptwriter, was born on 7 October 1926 at 31 Higher Duke Street, Miles Platting, Manchester, the second child of John (Jack) Allen, a railway labourer, and his wife, Catherine (Kitty) Lee. The family was of Irish descent. After attending local Roman Catholic schools, ...

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Bell, Florence Eveleen Eleanore, Lady Bell (1851–1930)  

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Florence Eveleen Eleanore Bell, Lady Bell (1851–1930) by unknown photographer courtesy of Middlesbrough Libraries & Information

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Bell [née Olliffe], Florence Eveleen Eleanore, Lady Bell (1851–1930), author, social investigator, and playwright  

Angela V. John

Bell [née Olliffe], Florence Eveleen Eleanore, Lady Bell (1851–1930), author, social investigator, and playwright, was born on 9 September 1851 at 2 rue St Florentin, Paris, the youngest of the four children of Sir Joseph Olliffe (1808–1869), physician to the British embassy in ...

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Marlowe [Marley], Christopher (bap. 1564, d. 1593), playwright and poet  

Charles Nicholl

Marlowe [Marley], Christopher (bap. 1564, d. 1593), playwright and poet, was baptized at St George's, Canterbury, on 26 February 1564, the second of the nine children of John Marlowe (c.1536–1605), shoemaker, and his wife, Katherine (d. 1605), daughter of William Arthur...

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Morley, Robert Adolph Wilton (1908–1992)  

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Robert Adolph Wilton Morley (1908–1992) by unknown photographer Rank (courtesy Kobal)

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Morley, Robert Adolph Wilton (1908–1992), actor and playwright  

Jonathan Cecil

Morley, Robert Adolph Wilton (1908–1992), actor and playwright, was born on 26 May 1908 in Semley, Wiltshire, the son of Major Robert Wilton Morley, retired, of the 4th dragoon guards and his wife, Gertrude Emily Fass. He was educated at several preparatory schools—his parents' lives being somewhat itinerant—and at ...

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Oxenford, John (1812–1877), playwright and translator  

Klaus Stierstorfer

Oxenford, John (1812–1877), playwright and translator, was born on 12 August 1812 at Camberwell, Surrey, the son of William Oxenford (1783–1867), merchant, and his wife, sister of Thomas Massa Alsager. Acquiring most of his compendious knowledge as an autodidact, he was also privately educated for some two years under the tutorship of ...

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Parker, (James) Stewart (1941–1988), playwright and writer  

Philip Hobsbaum

Parker, (James) Stewart (1941–1988), playwright and writer, was born on 20 October 1941 at 86 Larkfield Road, Sydenham, Belfast, the son of George Herbert Parker (1912–1996), tailor's cutter, and Isobella, née Lynas (1913–1987), who had been a bookbinder before her marriage. His parents were both ...

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Pinter, Harold (1930–2008), actor, playwright, and director  

Michael Billington

Pinter, Harold (1930–2008), actor, playwright, and director, was born on 10 October 1930 at Tudor House, Newington Green, London, the only child of Hyman (Jack) Pinter (1902–1997), ladies' tailor, and his wife, Frances, née Moskowitz (1904–1992). At the time of his birth his parents lived at ...

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Pinter, Harold (1930–2008)  

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Harold Pinter (1930–2008) by Justin Mortimer, 1992 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Ryan, Frederick Michael (1873–1913), playwright and journalist  

John Kelly

Ryan, Frederick Michael (1873–1913), playwright and journalist, was born at 8 Brunswick Place, Dublin, on 12 October 1873, the son of John Ryan, a bookkeeper, from whom he inherited his radicalism, and Catherine Davis. On leaving school he became a clerk in the ...

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Shaw, George Bernard (1856–1950)  

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George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950) by Augustus John, 1915 © Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge

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Shaw, George Bernard (1856–1950), playwright and polemicist  

Stanley Weintraub

Shaw, George Bernard (1856–1950), playwright and polemicist, was born on 26 July 1856 at 3 Upper Synge Street (later 33 Synge Street), Dublin. He was the third and youngest child, and only son, of George Carr Shaw (1815–1885), a pensioned law-court clerk and failing corn merchant, and ...

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Syrett, Janet [Netta] (1865–1943), writer and playwright  

Jill Shefrin

Syrett, Janet [Netta] (1865–1943), writer and playwright, was born at 23 Harbour Street, Ramsgate, Kent, on 17 March 1865, the eldest of approximately eleven children born to Ernest Syrett (d. 1906), linen draper, and Mary Ann, née Stembridge (d. 1923). She was niece to the writer ...

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Taylor, Donald Victor [Don] (1936–2003), television director and playwright  

Philip Purser

Taylor, Donald Victor [Don] (1936–2003), television director and playwright, was born on 30 June 1936 at Queen Charlotte's Hospital, Hammersmith, London, the only child of George Alfred Taylor (1911–1985), engineer's turner and later works manager, and his wife, Ivy Jessie, née Donkin (1911–1999)...