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Sidney Poitier

Sir Sidney Poitier, KBE, is an American-born Bahamian actor, film director, author, and diplomat. In 1963, Poitier became the first black person to win an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in Lilies of the Field. The significance of this achievement was later bolstered in 1967 when he starred in three successful films: To Sir, with Love; In the Heat of the Night; and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, making him the top box-office star of that year. In all three films, issues revolve around the race of the characters Poitier portrays. In 1999, the American Film Institute named Poitier among the Greatest Male Stars of All Time, ranking 22nd on the list of 25. Poitier has directed a number of popular movies, such as A Piece of the Action, Uptown Saturday Night, Let's Do It Again and Stir Crazy. In 2002, thirty-eight years after receiving the Best Actor Award, Poitier was chosen by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to receive an Honorary Award, designated "To Sidney Poitier in recognition of his remarkable accomplishments as an artist and as a human being." Since 1997, he has been the Bahamian ambassador to Japan. On August 12, 2009, Sidney Poitier was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States of America's highest civilian honor, by President Barack Obama.

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Sidney Poitier is preparing for

  • Peer Gynt - Hussein

    21:00, Thu 22nd August 2019 - Tue 27th August 2019 at Barbican Centre
    21:00, Thu 29th August 2019 - Tue 3rd September 2019 at Barbican Centre
    20:45, Thu 5th September 2019 - Tue 10th September 2019 at Barbican Centre

    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 Norwegi…

  • Rent - Producer

    15:45, Wed 4th December 2019 - Tue 10th December 2019 at Royal Opera House, London
    19:15, Wed 11th December 2019 - Tue 17th December 2019 at Royal Opera House, London
    20:00, Wed 18th December 2019 - Tue 24th December 2019 at Royal Opera House, London

    Rent is a rock musical with music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson based on Giacomo Puccini's opera La bohème. It tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to…

  • Priscilla, Queen of the Desert - Anthony 'Tick' Belrose / Mitzi Del Bra

    19:15, Thu 12th December 2019 - Mon 16th December 2019 at Globe Theatre, London

    Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is a musical with a book by Australian film director-writer Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott, using well-known pop songs as its score. Adapted from Elliott's 1994 fi…

  • The Phantom of the Opera - Horn

    10:45, Tue 7th January 2020 at Haymarket Theatre
    19:45, Fri 10th January 2020 at Chichester Festival Theatre
    14:30, Sun 12th January 2020 at Crucible Theatre
    20:00, Wed 15th January 2020 at Adelphi Theatre
    19:45, Fri 17th January 2020 at Random Venue 49
    13:00, Mon 20th January 2020 at Barbican Centre

    The Phantom of the Opera is a musical with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Charles Hart with additions from Richard Stilgoe. Lloyd Webber and Stilgoe also wrote the musical's book toge…

  • Urinetown - Sound Designer

    19:45, Wed 15th January 2020 - Mon 20th January 2020 at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
    15:30, Wed 22nd January 2020 - Mon 27th January 2020 at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
    19:15, Wed 29th January 2020 - Mon 3rd February 2020 at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane

    Urinetown: The Musical is a satirical comedy musical, with music by Mark Hollmann, lyrics by Hollmann and Greg Kotis, and book by Kotis. It satirizes the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibil…

  • Chicago - Horn

    19:15, Thu 23rd January 2020 - Sun 26th January 2020 at Random Venue 53

    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 Mau…

  • South Pacific - Lt. Joseph Cable, USMC

    19:30, Thu 19th March 2020 - Mon 23rd March 2020 at The Old Vic

    South Pacific is a musical composed by Richard Rodgers, with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and book by Hammerstein and Joshua Logan. The work premiered in 1949 on Broadway and was an immediate succes…

  • Oresteia - Apollo

    20:30, Fri 17th April 2020 - Mon 20th April 2020 at Random Venue 21
    15:45, Fri 24th April 2020 - Mon 27th April 2020 at Random Venue 21
    21:00, Fri 1st May 2020 - Mon 4th May 2020 at Random Venue 21

    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…

  • Cats - Griddlebone

    20:15, Thu 21st May 2020 - Tue 26th May 2020 at Sadler's Wells 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 t…

  • The Miser - Director

    20:45, Fri 26th June 2020 - Tue 30th June 2020 at Royal Opera House, London
    20:15, Fri 3rd July 2020 - Tue 7th July 2020 at Royal Opera House, London
    20:45, Fri 10th July 2020 - Tue 14th July 2020 at Royal Opera House, London

    The Miser is a five-act comedy in prose by the French playwright Molière. It was first performed on September 9, 1668, in the theatre of the Palais-Royal in Paris.

  • The Full Monty - Publicity Designer

    21:00, Thu 10th September 2020 - Mon 14th September 2020 at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane

    The Full Monty is a musical with a book by Terrence McNally and score by David Yazbek. In this Americanized musical stage version adapted from the 1997 British film of the same name, six unemployed Bu…

  • Tartuffe - Madame Pernelle

    21:00, Wed 16th September 2020 - Tue 22nd September 2020 at Random Venue 38

    Tartuffe, or The Impostor, first performed in 1664, is one of the most famous theatrical comedies by Molière, and the characters of Tartuffe, Valère, and Dorine are considered among the greatest class…

  • Oliver! - Fagin

    20:30, Thu 1st October 2020 - Tue 6th October 2020 at Crucible Theatre
    20:15, Thu 8th October 2020 - Tue 13th October 2020 at Crucible Theatre
    23:45, Thu 15th October 2020 - Tue 20th October 2020 at Crucible 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 su…

  • Bye Bye Birdie - Oboe

    20:15, Fri 2nd October 2020 - Tue 6th October 2020 at Random Venue 58

    Bye Bye Birdie is a stage musical with a book by Michael Stewart, lyrics by Lee Adams, and music by Charles Strouse. Originally titled Let's Go Steady, the satire on American society is set in 19…

  • A Midsummer Night's Dream - Egeus

    20:00, Thu 24th December 2020 - Mon 28th December 2020 at Royal Opera House, London

    A Midsummer Night's Dream is a play by William Shakespeare. It is believed that it was written between 1590 and 1596. It portrays the events surrounding the marriage of the Duke of Athens, Theseu…

  • Titus Andronicus - Mutius

    14:15, Wed 6th January 2021 - Sun 10th January 2021 at Barbican Centre
    14:30, Wed 13th January 2021 - Sun 17th January 2021 at Barbican Centre
    12:45, Wed 20th January 2021 - Sun 24th January 2021 at Barbican Centre

    Titus Andronicus is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, and possibly George Peele, believed to have been written between 1588 and 1593. It is thought to be Shakespeare's first tragedy, and is often…

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