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Paul Robeson

Paul Leroy Robeson was an African-American singer and actor who became involved with the Civil Rights Movement. At university, he was an outstanding American football player, then had an international career in singing, as well as acting in theater and cinema. He became politically involved in response to the Spanish Civil War, Fascism, and social injustices. His advocacy of anti-imperialism, affiliation with Communism, and his criticism of the US government caused him to be blacklisted during McCarthyism. Ill health forced him into retirement from his career. To the end he remained unapologetic for the unpopular political stances he took.
Robeson won an academic scholarship to Rutgers University, where he became a football All-American and the class valedictorian. He attended Columbia Law School, while playing in the National Football League. At Columbia, he sang and acted in off-campus productions and post-graduate, he became a participant in the Harlem Renaissance with performances in The Emperor Jones and All God's Chillun Got Wings. Robeson initiated his international artistic résumé with a theatrical role in Great Britain before settling in London for the next several years with his wife Essie.

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Paul Robeson is currently involved with

Doctor Faustus - Helen of Troy

20:30, Thu 23rd July 2020 - Sun 26th July 2020 at Globe Theatre, London
20:30, Thu 30th July 2020 - Sun 2nd August 2020 at Globe Theatre, London
20:30, Thu 6th August 2020 - Sun 9th August 2020 at Globe Theatre, London

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 to the devil for power and knowledge. Doctor Faustus was first published in 1604, eleven years after Marlowe's death and at least twelve years after the first performance of the play.
"No Elizabethan play outside the Shakespeare canon has raised more controversy than Doctor Faustus. There is no agreement concerning the nature of the text and the date of composition... and the centrality of the Faust legend in the history of the Western world precludes any definitive agreement on the interpretation of the play..."

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Paul Robeson is preparing for

  • Macbeth - Producer

    21:00, Wed 19th August 2020 - Tue 25th August 2020 at Random Venue 11

    Macbeth is a play written by William Shakespeare. It is considered one of his darkest and most powerful tragedies. Set in Scotland, the play dramatizes the corrosive psychological and political effects…

  • Romeo and Juliet - Benvolio

    22:15, Fri 21st August 2020 - Tue 25th August 2020 at Almeida Theatre
    20:15, Fri 28th August 2020 - Tue 1st September 2020 at Almeida Theatre
    11:00, Fri 4th September 2020 - Tue 8th September 2020 at Almeida 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…

  • Grease - Eugene Florczyk

    20:45, Wed 26th August 2020 - Sat 29th August 2020 at Random Venue 5

    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…

  • Prometheus Bound - Io

    14:15, Wed 16th September 2020 - Sat 19th September 2020 at Random Venue 81

    Prometheus Bound is an Ancient Greek tragedy. In Antiquity, this drama was attributed to Aeschylus, but is now considered by some scholars to be the work of another hand, perhaps one as late as ca. 415…

  • Fiddler on the Roof - Chava

    19:15, Thu 19th November 2020 - Mon 23rd November 2020 at Savoy Theatre

    Fiddler on the Roof is a musical with music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and book by Joseph Stein, set in Tsarist Russia in 1905. It is based on Tevye and his Daughters by Sholem Aleichem.…

  • Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead - Gertrude

    16:45, Sat 20th February 2021 at Haymarket Theatre

    Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead is an absurdist, existentialist tragicomedy by Tom Stoppard, first staged at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1966. The play expands upon the exploits of two minor…

  • The Glass Menagerie - Lighting Designer

    20:30, Thu 3rd June 2021 - Tue 8th June 2021 at Random Venue 41

    The Glass Menagerie is a four-character memory play by Tennessee Williams. Williams worked on various drafts of the play prior to writing a version of it as a screenplay for MGM, to whom Williams was…

  • Sweet Charity - Viola

    21:30, Thu 17th June 2021 - Sun 20th June 2021 at Random Venue 100

    Sweet Charity is a musical with music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Dorothy Fields and book by Neil Simon. It was directed and choreographed for Broadway by Bob Fosse starring his wife and muse Gwen Verdon…

  • The King and I - Publicity Designer

    20:30, Thu 28th October 2021 - Tue 2nd November 2021 at Royal Opera House, London

    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 Crucible - Lighting Designer

    19:15, Fri 14th January 2022 - Tue 18th January 2022 at Globe Theatre, London

    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…

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