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Abie's Irish Rose

Overview page. Subjects: Theatre — Literature.

Comedy by Anne Nichols, produced in 1922. Its sentimental plot is concerned with the love of a Jewish youth and an Irish girl in New York's Lower East Side. The play is credited with being...

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Overview page. Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism — Theatre.

A standard word in Shakespearian stage directions, referring to the stage balcony in the centre of the scaenae frons. The stage balcony might be used to represent the balcony of ...

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Adah Isaacs Menken

Overview page. Subjects: Theatre — Literature.

(1835–69), actress.

Although her real name was later given variously as Ada McCord, Adelaide McCord, and Dolores Adios Fuertes, this flamboyant, controversial performer, who was...

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Adam Mickiewicz

Overview page. Subjects: Theatre — Literature.

(1798–1855),

the outstanding poet of Poland, and the founder of the Romantic movement in Polish literature. Born and educated in Vilna, he was exiled in 1829, and lived thereafter...

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Admiral's Men

Overview page. Subjects: Theatre — Shakespeare Studies and Criticism.

Elizabethan company which, with Edward Alleyn as their star actor, was the only real rival of the Chamberlain's Men. Their patron was Lord Howard, who became an admiral in 1585 ...

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Adrian Noble

Overview page. Subjects: Theatre — Shakespeare Studies and Criticism.

(1950– )

English director. Noble began working at the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1980, and was its artistic director from 1991 to 2003. Almost all his work since 1982 was for ...

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Alain-René Lesage

Overview page. Subjects: Literature — Theatre.

(1668–1747)

French playwright and novelist. Lesage went to Paris about 1690, writing comedies adapted from Spanish plays by Rojas and Lope de Vega. His first real successes came in...

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Alan Ayckbourn

Overview page. Subjects: Literature — Theatre.

(1939– ),

playwright. His first London success, Relatively Speaking (1967, pub. 1968), was followed by many others, including Absurd Person Singular (1973, pub. 1974); The Norman...

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Alan Badel

Overview page. Subjects: Theatre — Shakespeare Studies and Criticism.

(1923–82),

British actor. A player of great flair, he appeared in 1950 at Stratford-upon-Avon as Claudio in Measure for Measure and as Lear's Fool. He vividly proved his...

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Alan Hopgood

Overview page. Subjects: Theatre — Literature.

(1934– )

Australian actor and playwright. In 1963 the Union Repertory Theatre, Melbourne, staged his first major play, And the Big Men Fly, which focuses on Australian Rules...

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