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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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Chess - Trumpet

20:45, Thu 25th June 2020 - Tue 30th June 2020 at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
20:15, Thu 2nd July 2020 - Tue 7th July 2020 at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
20:30, Thu 9th July 2020 - Tue 14th July 2020 at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane

Chess is a musical with music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, formerly of ABBA, and with lyrics by Tim Rice. The story involves a romantic triangle between two top chess players, an American and a Russian, in a world chess championship, and a woman who manages one and falls in love with the other; all in the context of a Cold War struggle between the United States and the Soviet Union, during which both countries wanted to win international chess tournaments for propaganda purposes. Although the protagonists were not intended to represent any specific individuals, the character of the American was loosely based on chess grandmaster Bobby Fischer, while elements of the story may have been inspired by the chess careers of Russian grandmasters Viktor Korchnoi and Anatoly Karpov.
As had been done with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Evita, a highly successful concept album of Chess was released in 1984. The first theatrical production of Chess opened in London's West End in 1986 and played for three years. A much-altered U.S. version premièred on Broadway in 1988, but survived only for two months. Chess is frequently revised for new productions, many of which try to merge elements from both the London and Broadway versions; however, no major revival production of the musical has yet been attempted either on West End or Broadway.

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  • Henry V - Technical Director

    20:15, Thu 23rd July 2020 - Sun 26th July 2020 at Random Venue 90

    Henry V is a history play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written in approximately 1599. It tells the story of King Henry V of England, focusing on events immediately before and after the…

  • Oliver! - Percussion

    21:00, Fri 9th October 2020 - Tue 13th October 2020 at Savoy Theatre

    Oliver! is a British musical, with music and lyrics by Lionel Bart. The musical is based upon the novel Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens.
    It premièred in the West End in 1960, enjoying a long run, a succ…

  • Peer Gynt - Sound Designer

    20:00, Fri 13th November 2020 - Tue 17th November 2020 at The Old Vic
    20:00, Fri 20th November 2020 - Tue 24th November 2020 at The Old Vic
    20:00, Fri 27th November 2020 - Tue 1st December 2020 at The Old Vic

    Peer Gynt is a five-act play in verse by the Norwegian dramatist Henrik Ibsen, loosely based on the fairy tale Per Gynt. Written in the Dano-Norwegian language, it is the most widely performed Norwegian…

  • Thoroughly Modern Millie - Miss Dorothy Brown

    19:15, Fri 5th February 2021 - Mon 8th February 2021 at Haymarket Theatre

    Thoroughly Modern Millie is a musical with music by Jeanine Tesori, lyrics by Dick Scanlan, and a book by Richard Morris and Scanlan. Based on the 1967 film of the same name, Thoroughly Modern Millie…

  • Sunday in the Park with George - Louise

    19:45, Sun 28th February 2021 at Random Venue 44

    Sunday in the Park with George is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine. The musical was inspired by the painting "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande…

  • Oresteia - Publicity Designer

    21:00, Wed 21st April 2021 - Mon 26th April 2021 at The Old Vic

    The Oresteia is a trilogy of Greek tragedies written by Aeschylus which concerns the end of the curse on the House of Atreus. When originally performed it was accompanied by Proteus, a satyr play that…

  • Dreamgirls - Cello

    20:30, Thu 29th April 2021 - Mon 3rd May 2021 at Random Venue 95

    Dreamgirls is a Broadway musical, with music by Henry Krieger and lyrics and book by Tom Eyen. Based upon the show business aspirations and successes of R&B acts such as The Supremes, The Shirelles,…

  • August: Osage County - Producer

    21:00, Wed 6th October 2021 - Mon 11th October 2021 at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
    20:15, Wed 13th October 2021 - Mon 18th October 2021 at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
    14:15, Wed 20th October 2021 - Mon 25th October 2021 at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane

    August: Osage County is a darkly comedic play by Tracy Letts. It was the recipient of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The play premiered at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago on 28 June 2007, and…

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