Sir John Gielgud

Standard Name: Gielgud, Sir John


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death Enid Bagnold
She was cremated and her ashes interred at Rottingdean. At a memorial service held in November, John Gielgud read the lesson and Vita Sackville-West 's son Nigel Nicolson gave the address. EB 's papers...
Family and Intimate relationships Naomi Royde-Smith
Milton had his first big London success in 1922, and before Royde-Smith married him she had praised his magnetic performance as Hamlet.
Speaight, Robert. “Naomi Royde-Smith”. The Tablet, Vol.
, No. 6481, p. 21.
Over the course of his career he also tried his luck as a...
Family and Intimate relationships Edith Craig
The actor John Gielgud was EC 's second cousin. On occasion he performed at her Barn Theatre in Kent.
Cockin, Katharine. Edith Craig (1869-1947): Dramatic Lives. Cassell.
Glendinning, Victoria. Vita. Penguin.
Friends, Associates Enid Bagnold
During the Second World War EB became friendly with photographer Cecil Beaton (with whom she exchanged plays), Lady Diana Cooper , and actress Dame Edith Evans . Later she also became a friend of MGM
Friends, Associates Josephine Tey
JT carefully guarded her privacy. Former neighbours reported that she was very reclusive and did most of her writing in a tiny summerhouse. The Inverness Courier's account of her death notes that she did...
Friends, Associates Josephine Tey
On an early visit to London, JT was deeply moved by John Gielgud 's Hamlet, and subsequently began a professional relationship with him. Each played an important role in the other's career: Gielgud helped JT
Friends, Associates Naomi Jacob
NJ said one of the greatest influences on her after her mother was the actress Gladys ffolliott .
Jacob, Naomi. Me: A Chronicle about Other People. Hutchinson.
Her friends in the music-hall and the theatre included a roster of distinguished and less distinguished...
Friends, Associates Elizabeth Jennings
She had a remarkably catholic talent for friendship. During her student days she became a friend of Philip Larkin and Kingsley Amis . Her correspondents at this and later periods of her life included her...
Intertextuality and Influence Josephine Tey
John Gielgud persuaded Daviot to revise the play after this initial production, the result of which, he claims, was that she improved the play, by a few brilliant strokes, almost beyond recognition.
Gielgud, Sir John, and Josephine Tey. “Foreword”. Plays by Gordon Daviot, Peter Davies, p. ix - xii.
Until these...
Leisure and Society Christopher St John
John Gielgud and Peggy Ashcroft performed in Twelfth Night in the Barn Theatre; it was on this night that CSJ first met her new neighbours Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson .
Glendinning, Victoria. Vita. Penguin.
Literary responses Josephine Tey
The play was a moderate success, and ran for just over one hundred performances.
Bargainnier, Earl F., editor. 10 Women of Mystery. Bowling Green State University Popular Press.
The Punch reviewer praised it for its effect of well-pondered apprehended reality, which gave the spectator the impression of being...
Material Conditions of Writing Mary Renault
The Charioteer's focus on homosexuality caused great concern to MR 's publishers. She had not published anything for five years, and this novel was a significant departure from her earlier work. In Britain her...
Material Conditions of Writing Molly Keane
She was in the middle of writing a play when her husband died, and she found she could not go on with it. She was still pretty desolate
Chamberlain, Mary, editor. Writing Lives: Conversations Between Women Writers. Virago Press.
four years later, when Gielgud and...
Occupation Noel Streatfeild
After studying at RADA, NS went on the stage, where she gained experience of everything from classic roles to revues and pantomime. Her first engagement was with the Charles DoranShakespeare an Company where she...
Occupation Edith Craig
In addition to a memorial service and speeches, these annual tributes usually included scenes from Shakespeare performed by well-known actors such as John Gielgud and Sybil Thorndike . Playwright Clemence Dane gave a memorial speech...


1906: The Globe Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, opened...

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The Globe Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue , opened as one of the tallest and architecturally most impressive theatres in London.

1929: The young actor John Gielgud, after success...

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The young actor John Gielgud , after success in the West End (dating from his role in the stage version of Margaret Kennedy 's The Constant Nymph in 1926), took a cut in income to...

6 January 1931: Lilian Baylis re-opened Sadler's Wells Theatre...

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6 January 1931

Lilian Baylis re-opened Sadler's Wells Theatre in London with a performance of Twelfth Night, starring John Gielgud as Malvolio.

April 1952: John Gielgud directed a production of Macbeth,...

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April 1952

John Gielgud directed a production of Macbeth, starring Ralph Richardson , at .

Autumn 1953: The actor John Gielgud was convicted of persistently...

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Autumn 1953

The actor John Gielgud was convicted of persistently importuning male persons for an immoral purpose, and fined.

1997: The actor John Gielgud, well into his nineties,...

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The actor John Gielgud , well into his nineties, appeared in three films this year.


Gielgud, Sir John. Early Stages. Falcon, 1948.
Gielgud, Sir John, and Josephine Tey. “Foreword”. Plays by Gordon Daviot, Peter Davies, 1954, p. ix - xii.