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Bette Davis

Ruth Elizabeth "Bette" Davis was an American actress of film, television and theater. Noted for her willingness to play unsympathetic characters, she was highly regarded for her performances in a range of film genres, from contemporary crime melodramas to historical and period films and occasional comedies, although her greatest successes were her roles in romantic dramas.
After appearing in Broadway plays, Davis moved to Hollywood in 1930, but her early films for Universal Studios were unsuccessful. She joined Warner Bros. in 1932 and established her career with several critically acclaimed performances. In 1937, she attempted to free herself from her contract and although she lost a well-publicized legal case, it marked the beginning of the most successful period of her career. Until the late 1940s, she was one of American cinema's most celebrated leading ladies, known for her forceful and intense style. Davis gained a reputation as a perfectionist who could be highly combative, and confrontations with studio executives, film directors and costars were often reported. Her forthright manner, clipped vocal style and ubiquitous cigarette contributed to a public persona which has often been imitated and satirized.

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Bette Davis is preparing for

  • Phèdre - Director

    11:00, Sat 9th October 2021 - Tue 12th October 2021 at Royal Opera House, London

    Phèdre is a dramatic tragedy in five acts written in alexandrine verse by Jean Racine, first performed in 1677.

  • How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying - Technical Director

    20:45, Sat 23rd October 2021 - Thu 28th October 2021 at London Palladium
    20:15, Sat 30th October 2021 - Thu 4th November 2021 at London Palladium
    18:30, Sat 6th November 2021 - Thu 11th November 2021 at London Palladium

    How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying is a musical by Frank Loesser and book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock, and Willie Gilbert, based on Shepherd Mead's 1952 book of the same name. The story…

  • The Sound of Music - Max Detweiler

    19:45, Sat 4th December 2021 - Tue 7th December 2021 at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
    19:15, Sat 11th December 2021 - Tue 14th December 2021 at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
    11:30, Sat 18th December 2021 - Tue 21st December 2021 at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane

    The Sound of Music is a musical with music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and a book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. It is based on the memoir of Maria von Trapp, The Story of…

  • The Book of Mormon - Kevin Price, Reeds

    20:00, Sat 11th December 2021 - Thu 16th December 2021 at Royal Court Theatre
    17:45, Sat 18th December 2021 - Thu 23rd December 2021 at Royal Court Theatre
    11:00, Sat 25th December 2021 - Thu 30th December 2021 at Royal Court Theatre

    The Book of Mormon is a religious satire musical with book, lyrics, and music by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, and Matt Stone. Best known for creating the animated comedy South Park, Parker and Stone co-cr…

  • Oklahoma! - Costume Designer

    20:00, Fri 7th January 2022 - Tue 11th January 2022 at Royal Opera House, London

    Oklahoma! is the first musical written by the team of composer Richard Rodgers and librettist Oscar Hammerstein II. The musical is based on Lynn Riggs' 1931 play, Green Grow the Lilacs. Set in Oklahoma…

  • Pippin - Fastrada

    20:00, Sat 12th February 2022 at Chichester Festival Theatre

    Pippin is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Roger O. Hirson. Bob Fosse, who directed the original Broadway production, also contributed to the libretto. The musical uses…

  • The Crucible - Assistant Stage Manager

    20:00, Tue 22nd March 2022 at Savoy Theatre

    The Crucible is a 1953 play by the American playwright Arthur Miller. It was initially called "The Chronicles of Sarah Good". It is a dramatization of the Salem witch trials that took place in the Provi…

  • Mame - Technical Director

    21:45, Sat 2nd April 2022 - Thu 7th April 2022 at Globe Theatre, London

    Mame is a musical with the book by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee and music and lyrics by Jerry Herman. Originally titled My Best Girl, it is based on the 1955 novel Auntie Mame by Patrick Dennis…

  • The King and I - Bass

    23:15, Fri 22nd April 2022 at Noël Coward Theatre

    The King and I is a musical, the fifth by the team of composer Richard Rodgers and dramatist Oscar Hammerstein II. It is based on the 1944 novel Anna and the King of Siam by Margaret Landon, which deriv…

  • The Sound of Music - Composer

    21:00, Mon 23rd May 2022 - Sat 28th May 2022 at Haymarket Theatre
    20:45, Mon 30th May 2022 - Sat 4th June 2022 at Haymarket Theatre
    21:00, Mon 6th June 2022 - Sat 11th June 2022 at Haymarket Theatre

    The Sound of Music is a musical with music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and a book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. It is based on the memoir of Maria von Trapp, The Story of…

  • Glengarry Glen Ross - Publicist

    20:15, Fri 27th May 2022 - Wed 1st June 2022 at Liverpool Empire Theatre

    Glengarry Glen Ross is a play by David Mamet that won the Pulitzer Prize in 1984. The play shows parts of two days in the lives of four desperate Chicago real estate agents who are prepared to engage…

  • Pippin - Production Manager

    19:30, Sat 4th June 2022 - Tue 7th June 2022 at Sadler's Wells Theatre

    Pippin is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Roger O. Hirson. Bob Fosse, who directed the original Broadway production, also contributed to the libretto. The musical uses…

  • Spamalot - Deputy Stage Manager

    18:00, Sun 19th June 2022 at Random Venue 16
    20:30, Mon 20th June 2022 at Random Venue 78
    21:00, Thu 23rd June 2022 at Savoy Theatre
    20:30, Sat 25th June 2022 at The Old Vic
    21:00, Mon 27th June 2022 at Random Venue 24
    15:45, Tue 28th June 2022 at Sadler's Wells Theatre
    11:30, Fri 1st July 2022 at Noël Coward Theatre
    20:30, Mon 4th July 2022 at Globe Theatre, London

    Monty Python's Spamalot is a musical comedy "lovingly ripped off from" the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Like the film, it is a highly irreverent parody of the Arthurian Legend, but it diff…

  • Pippin - Clarinet

    19:15, Sun 13th November 2022 - Wed 16th November 2022 at Random Venue 17

    Pippin is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Roger O. Hirson. Bob Fosse, who directed the original Broadway production, also contributed to the libretto. The musical uses…

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