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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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  • Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark - Oboe

    19:45, Sat 6th March 2021 at Random Venue 65
    10:15, Sun 7th March 2021 at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
    19:15, Wed 10th March 2021 at Royal Exchange, Manchester
    19:30, Sat 13th March 2021 at Globe Theatre, London
    19:30, Mon 15th March 2021 at Adelphi Theatre
    11:30, Wed 17th March 2021 at Adelphi Theatre
    20:00, Fri 19th March 2021 at Royal Court Theatre
    19:45, Sun 21st March 2021 at Noël Coward Theatre

    Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is a 2011 rock musical with music and lyrics by U2's Bono and The Edge and a book by Julie Taymor, Glen Berger, and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. The musical is based on the Spid…

  • Grease - Patty Simcox

    20:30, Tue 11th May 2021 - Fri 14th May 2021 at Savoy Theatre
    20:00, Tue 18th May 2021 - Fri 21st May 2021 at Savoy Theatre
    21:00, Tue 25th May 2021 - Fri 28th May 2021 at Savoy Theatre

    Grease is a 1971 musical by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. The musical is named for the 1950s United States working-class youth subculture known as greasers. The musical, set in 1959 at fictional Rydell…

  • Beauty and the Beast - Harspichord

    13:45, Wed 12th May 2021 - Sun 16th May 2021 at Haymarket Theatre

    Beauty and the Beast is a musical with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice and a book by Linda Woolverton, based on the 1991 Disney film of the same name. Seven new songs were…

  • Sunset Boulevard - Artie Green

    20:30, Tue 18th May 2021 - Fri 21st May 2021 at Random Venue 50

    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…

  • The Importance of Being Earnest - Second MP

    21:00, Tue 8th June 2021 - Sun 13th June 2021 at Royal Opera House, London

    The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People is a play by Oscar Wilde. First performed on 14 February 1895 at St. James's Theatre in London, it is a farcical comedy in which the…

  • Mary Stuart - Lighting Designer

    14:15, Wed 9th June 2021 - Sat 12th June 2021 at The Old Vic

    Mary Stuart is a play by Friedrich Schiller that depicts the last days of Mary, Queen of Scots. The play consists of five acts, each divided into several scenes. The play had its première in Weimar,…

  • Starlight Express - Control

    18:45, Wed 14th July 2021 at Gielgud Theatre
    20:15, Thu 15th July 2021 at Gielgud Theatre
    20:30, Sat 17th July 2021 at Royal Court Theatre
    20:30, Mon 19th July 2021 at The Old Vic
    17:00, Wed 21st July 2021 at Random Venue 22

    Starlight Express is a rock musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Richard Stilgoe and Arlene Phillips, with revisions by Don Black, David Yazbek and Alistair Lloyd Webber & Nick Coler. The story follows a…

  • Anything Goes - Clarinet

    19:15, Tue 9th November 2021 - Fri 12th November 2021 at London Palladium

    Anything Goes is a musical with music and lyrics by Cole Porter. The original book was a collaborative effort by Guy Bolton and P.G. Wodehouse, heavily revised by the team of Howard Lindsay and Russel…

  • As You Like It - Duke Senior

    19:45, Wed 15th December 2021 - Sat 18th December 2021 at Chichester Festival Theatre
    19:15, Wed 22nd December 2021 - Sat 25th December 2021 at Chichester Festival Theatre
    19:30, Wed 29th December 2021 - Sat 1st January 2022 at Chichester Festival Theatre

    As You Like It is a pastoral comedy by William Shakespeare believed to have been written in 1599 or early 1600 and first published in the First Folio, 1623. The play's first performance is uncertain,…

  • Oliver! - Mr. Sowerberry

    19:45, Wed 15th December 2021 at Crucible Theatre
    19:45, Thu 16th December 2021 at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
    19:45, Fri 17th December 2021 at Crucible Theatre
    19:30, Mon 20th December 2021 at Liverpool Empire Theatre
    20:00, Wed 22nd December 2021 at Random Venue 66

    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…

  • Shrek the Musical - Director

    20:00, Wed 26th January 2022 - Sun 30th January 2022 at Crucible Theatre
    19:45, Wed 2nd February 2022 - Sun 6th February 2022 at Crucible Theatre
    19:30, Wed 9th February 2022 - Sun 13th February 2022 at Crucible Theatre

    Shrek the Musical is a musical with music by Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire. It is based on the 2001 DreamWorks film Shrek and William Steig's 1990 book Shrek!. After a tryou…

  • Glengarry Glen Ross - Director

    19:45, Thu 10th February 2022 at Almeida Theatre
    19:30, Sat 12th February 2022 at Crucible Theatre
    19:45, Tue 15th February 2022 at Globe Theatre, London
    19:15, Thu 17th February 2022 at Random Venue 65

    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…

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