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Katharine Hepburn

Katharine Houghton Hepburn was an American actress of film, stage, and television. Known for her headstrong independence and spirited personality, Hepburn's career as a Hollywood leading lady spanned more than 60 years. Her work came in a range of genres, from screwball comedy to literary drama, and she received four Academy Awards for Best Actress—a record for any performer. Hepburn's characters were often strong, sophisticated women with a hidden vulnerability.
Raised in Connecticut by wealthy, progressive parents, Hepburn began to act while studying at Bryn Mawr College. After four years in the theatre, favorable reviews of her work on Broadway brought her to the attention of Hollywood. Her early years in the film industry were marked with success, including an Academy Award for her third picture, Morning Glory, but this was followed by a series of commercial failures. In 1938 she was labeled "box office poison". Hepburn masterminded her own comeback, buying out her contract with RKO Radio Pictures and acquiring the film rights to The Philadelphia Story, which she sold on the condition that she be the star. In the 1940s she was contracted to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, where her career focused on an alliance with Spencer Tracy. The screen-partnership spanned 25 years, and produced nine movies.


Katharine Hepburn is preparing for

  • Hairspray - Technical Director, Lighting Designer

    21:00, Fri 21st May 2021 - Thu 27th May 2021 at Royal Court Theatre

    Hairspray is a musical with music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman and a book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan, based on the 1988 John Waters film Hairspray. The songs include…

  • A Chorus Line - Larry

    16:15, Sat 31st July 2021 - Tue 3rd August 2021 at Savoy Theatre

    A Chorus Line is a musical with music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Edward Kleban and a book by James Kirkwood, Jr. and Nicholas Dante. Centred on seventeen Broadway dancers auditioning for spots on…

  • Cats - Photographer

    11:30, Fri 6th August 2021 - Thu 12th August 2021 at Haymarket Theatre

    Cats is a musical composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, based on Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot. The musical tells the story of a tribe of cats called the Jellicles and the night they…

  • Doctor Faustus - Devil

    20:30, Fri 8th October 2021 - Tue 12th October 2021 at Royal Court Theatre
    20:15, Fri 15th October 2021 - Tue 19th October 2021 at Royal Court Theatre
    15:45, Fri 22nd October 2021 - Tue 26th October 2021 at Royal Court Theatre

    The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus, commonly referred to simply as Doctor Faustus, is a play by Christopher Marlowe, based on the Faust story, in which a man sells his soul…

  • Rock of Ages - Writer

    20:15, Sat 16th October 2021 - Wed 20th October 2021 at Liverpool Empire Theatre

    Rock of Ages is a rock/jukebox musical, with a book by Chris D'Arienzo, built around classic rock hits from the 1980s, especially from the famous glam metal bands of the decade. The musical features…

  • Follies - Production Manager

    19:15, Fri 28th January 2022 - Tue 1st February 2022 at Crucible Theatre

    Follies is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by James Goldman. The story concerns a reunion in a crumbling Broadway theatre, scheduled for demolition, of the past performers…

  • Chicago - Matron "Mama" Morton, Musical Director

    20:30, Sat 16th April 2022 - Thu 21st April 2022 at Savoy Theatre

    Chicago is a musical with music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb and a book by Ebb and Bob Fosse. Set in Prohibition-era Chicago, the musical is based on a 1926 play of the same name by reporter Mauri…

  • The Bacchae - Publicity Designer

    20:45, Sat 7th May 2022 - Thu 12th May 2022 at Savoy Theatre

    The Bacchae is an ancient Greek tragedy by the Athenian playwright Euripides, during his final years in Macedonia, at the court of Archelaus I of Macedon. It premièred posthumously at the Theatre of…

  • The Duchess of Malfi - Malateste

    19:15, Thu 10th November 2022 at Adelphi Theatre

    The Duchess of Malfi is a macabre, tragic play written by the English dramatist John Webster in 1612–13. It was first performed privately at the Blackfriars Theatre, then before a more general audience…

  • The King and I - King Mongkut

    11:15, Sat 12th November 2022 at The Old Vic
    18:15, Tue 15th November 2022 at Random Venue 51
    19:15, Fri 18th November 2022 at Adelphi Theatre
    12:45, Sat 19th November 2022 at Sadler's Wells Theatre
    19:15, Tue 22nd November 2022 at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane

    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…


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