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Orson Welles

George Orson Welles was an American actor, director, writer and producer who worked extensively in theater, radio and film. He is best remembered for his innovative work in all three media, most notably Caesar, a groundbreaking Broadway adaption of Julius Caesar and the debut of the Mercury Theatre; The War of the Worlds, one of the most famous broadcasts in the history of radio; and Citizen Kane, which is consistently ranked as one of the all-time greatest films.
After directing a number of high-profile productions in his early twenties, including an innovative adaptation of Macbeth and The Cradle Will Rock, Welles found national and international fame as the director and narrator of a 1938 radio adaptation of H. G. Wells' novel The War of the Worlds performed for the radio drama anthology series Mercury Theatre on the Air. It was reported to have caused widespread panic when listeners thought that an invasion by extraterrestrial beings was occurring. Although these reports of panic were mostly false and overstated, they rocketed Welles to instant notoriety.
His first film was Citizen Kane, which he co-wrote, produced, directed, and starred in as Charles Foster Kane. Welles was always an outsider to the studio system and directed only 13 full-length films in his career. While he struggled for creative control in the face of studios, many of his films were heavily edited and others were left unreleased. His distinctive directorial style featured layered and nonlinear narrative forms, innovative uses of lighting such as chiaroscuro, unusual camera angles, sound techniques borrowed from radio, deep focus shots, and long takes. He has been praised as a major creative force and as "the ultimate auteur." Welles followed up Citizen Kane with other critically acclaimed films, including The Magnificent Ambersons in 1942, and Touch of Evil in 1958.

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Orson Welles is preparing for

  • Pippin - Pippin

    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…

  • Romeo and Juliet - Publicist

    19:45, Sun 20th February 2022 - Wed 23rd February 2022 at Noël Coward Theatre

    Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy written early in the career of William Shakespeare about two young star-crossed lovers whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families. It was among Shakespeare's…

  • Mame - Bass

    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…

  • Oresteia - Publicist, Deputy Stage Manager

    21:00, Sat 9th April 2022 - Thu 14th April 2022 at Royal Exchange, Manchester
    20:15, Sat 16th April 2022 - Thu 21st April 2022 at Royal Exchange, Manchester
    21:00, Sat 23rd April 2022 - Thu 28th April 2022 at Royal Exchange, Manchester

    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…

  • The King and I - Director, Photographer

    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 Seagull - Cook

    20:45, Sat 4th June 2022 - Wed 8th June 2022 at Savoy Theatre
    13:30, Sat 11th June 2022 - Wed 15th June 2022 at Savoy Theatre
    16:00, Sat 18th June 2022 - Wed 22nd June 2022 at Savoy Theatre

    The Seagull is the first of what are generally considered to be the four major plays by the Russian dramatist Anton Chekhov. The Seagull was written in 1895 and first produced in 1896. It dramatises…

  • Jesus Christ Superstar - Assistant Stage Manager

    20:30, Sun 19th June 2022 - Thu 23rd June 2022 at Haymarket Theatre

    Jesus Christ Superstar is a rock opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber with lyrics by Tim Rice. The musical started as a rock opera concept recording before its first staging on Broadway in 1971. The musical…

  • Henry IV, Part 1 - Publicity Designer

    20:45, Sat 13th August 2022 - Tue 16th August 2022 at The Old Vic

    Henry IV, Part 1 is a history play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written no later than 1597. It is the second play in Shakespeare's tetralogy dealing with the successive reigns of Richar…

  • Kiss Me, Kate - Trombone, Carpenter, Assistant Stage Manager

    20:30, Sat 29th October 2022 - Wed 2nd November 2022 at Royal Exchange, Manchester

    Kiss Me, Kate is a musical with music and lyrics by Cole Porter. The story involves the production of a musical version of William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew and the conflict on and off-stage…

  • Romeo and Juliet - Friar Lawrence

    20:00, Sat 5th November 2022 - Thu 10th November 2022 at Adelphi Theatre
    19:30, Sat 12th November 2022 - Thu 17th November 2022 at Adelphi Theatre
    20:00, Sat 19th November 2022 - Thu 24th November 2022 at Adelphi Theatre

    Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy written early in the career of William Shakespeare about two young star-crossed lovers whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families. It was among Shakespeare's…

  • Sunset Boulevard - Cecil B. DeMille

    19:15, Sun 6th November 2022 at Royal Exchange, Manchester
    19:15, Tue 8th November 2022 at Almeida Theatre
    19:15, Wed 9th November 2022 at The Old Vic
    19:45, Thu 10th November 2022 at Random Venue 62
    19:15, Sun 13th November 2022 at Random Venue 95

    Sunset Boulevard is a musical with book and lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Based on the 1950 film of the same title, the plot revolves around Norma Desmond…

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