Mabel Love

Mabel Love

Biography Mabel Love (1874-1953) was a British dancer and actress who was considered to be one of the great stage beauties of her age. Many men found her irresistible. It is said that she was a great favourite of Edward, the Prince of Wales, and it is possible that he provided her with a London […]

Lena Ashwell

Lena Ashwell

Biography Lena Ashwell (1872-1957) was an important classical actor and the first organizer of large-scale war-time troop entertainment.

Laurence Olivier

Laurence Olivier

Biography Laurence Olivier (1907-1989) was created Baron Olivier of Brighton in 1979, the first actor to have been created a peer. He was, unquestionably, the finest classical actor of his age and, through his directorial work, made an indelible contribution to the development of the British theatre in the second half of the Twentieth Century. […]

Julie Harris

Julie Harris

Biography Julie Harris has a small physique and a powerful personality. In a career extending over half a century, she has been a gifted and very successful theatre performer who as also made the occasional film. She was born in 1925 into a wealthy family. After attending the drama school at Yale, she made her […]

Judith Anderson

Judith Anderson

Biography Judith Anderson (1897-1992) was born in Australia and, in 1915, began her professional acting career there. In 1918, she went to America and spent five years in stock and touring companies. From 1924 until 1934, she played on Broadway and in touring companies, attracting some critical recognition. Her first great success cam when she […]

Judi Dench

Judi Dench

Biography Judi Dench (b. 1934) is the most talented and popular living British actress. She studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama and has been a major star of the British stage since the 1950s, performing with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, and at the Old Vic Theatre.

Johnston Forbes-Robertson

Johnston Forbes-Robertson

Biography Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson (1853-1937) was widely considered to have been the greatest Hamlet of his age. Tall and gaunt, he had a magnificent speaking voice and a graceful, elegant style of acting. He was the son of John Forbes-Robertson of Aberdeen, an art critic. Intending to be an artist, he studied at the Royal […]

John Osborne

John Osborne

Biography John Osborne (1929-1994), the British playwright, had been an actor in a variety of provincial reps before his play, Look Back in Anger, was accepted by George Devine who had just formed the English Stage Company at the Royal Court Theatre. The play, which premiered on May 8, 1956, was an outstanding success and […]

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