Albery family

▪ British family
      British family of theatre managers and playwrights whose members helped build the London theatre into a prime tourist attraction.

      James Albery (b. 1838—d. 1889) was a dramatist whose work included Dr. Davy, produced at the Lyceum (1866), and Two Roses, produced at the Vaudeville (1870). Albery's wife was actress Mary Moore (b. 1861—d. 1931), who after his death became Lady Wyndham when she married Sir Charles Wyndham (1916), founder of Wyndham's Theatre (1899) and the New Theatre (1903; renamed Albery, 1973). The Wyndhams managed both theatres in addition to the Criterion Theatre.

      After the death of Charles (1919) and Lady Wyndham, Bronson Albery (in full Sir Bronson James Albery, b. March 6, 1881, Greenhithe, Kent, Eng.—d. July 21, 1971, London), the second son of Mary Moore and James Albery, assumed joint control of the family theatres with Charles Wyndham's son, Howard. Previously, Bronson earned renown for his productions of The Knight of the Burning Pestle (1920), David Garrick (1922), and Saint Joan (1924), which broke all existing attendance records at the Queen's Theatre. He established the Arts Theatre Club (1927) and served on a variety of theatre committees, most notably as president of the Society of West End Theatre Managers (1941–45, 1952–53). He was knighted in 1949.

      In 1962 Bronson passed on his theatre holdings to his son, Donald (in full Sir Donald Arthur Rolleston Albery, b. June 19, 1914, London, Eng.—d. Sept. 14, 1988, Monte Carlo, Monaco), whose producing debut was with Graham Greene's The Living Room (1953). It was followed by two decades of hits, including Waiting for Godot (1955); The Rose Tattoo, A Taste of Honey, The Hostage, and The World of Suzie Wong! (all in 1959); Fings Ain't Wot They Used T' Be, A Passage to India, and Oliver! (all in 1960); Beyond the Fringe and Celebration (both in 1961); and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1964). He also mounted many productions in New York City and served as director of the British company Anglia Television (1958–78). He was knighted in 1977.

Additional Reading
Wendy Trewin, All on Stage: Charles Wyndham and the Alberys (1980).

* * *


Universalium. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Albery — This ancient name recorded as Albury, Albery and Albro, is of Anglo Saxon origin, and is a locational surname deriving from any one of the places called Albury in Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire and Surrey. These places are all recorded in the… …   Surnames reference

  • John Albery — Wyndham John Albery FRS (born 5 April 1936) is a British chemist and academic. John Albery was educated at Winchester College and Balliol College, Oxford. He undertook his D.Phil. with Ronnie Bell, starting in 1960. He was appointed to a Weir… …   Wikipedia

  • Nicholas Albery — (born July 28 1948; died June 3 2001)[1][2] social inventor and author, was the founder or leader of various projects related to the improvement of society, often known as the Alternative Society. While a student at St John s College, Oxford, he… …   Wikipedia

  • Donald Albery — Sir Donald Arthur Rolleston Albery (London 19 June 1914[1] – 14 September 1988) was an English theatre impressario who did much to translate the adventurous spirit of London in the 1960s into theatrical reality. Born into a theatrical family, his …   Wikipedia

  • performing arts — arts or skills that require public performance, as acting, singing, or dancing. [1945 50] * * * ▪ 2009 Introduction Music Classical.       The last vestiges of the Cold War seemed to thaw for a moment on Feb. 26, 2008, when the unfamiliar strains …   Universalium

  • Michael Gambon — Sir Michael Gambon Born Michael John Gambon 19 October 1940 (1940 10 19) (age 71) Cabra, Dublin, Ireland Nationality Irish Occupation Actor …   Wikipedia

  • Frestonia — was the name adopted by the residents of Freston Road, a street at the north western boundary of Notting Hill, London W11, also known as Notting Dale, when they attempted to secede from the United Kingdom in 1977. The state consisted of a… …   Wikipedia

  • Noël Coward — Noël Coward, 1972 Sir Noël Peirce Coward (16 December 1899 – 26 March 1973) was an English playwright, composer, director, actor and singer, known for his wit, flamboyance, and what Time magazine called a sense of personal style, a… …   Wikipedia

  • Donmar Warehouse — Entrance, July 2007 Address 41 Earlham Street City Camden, London Owned by …   Wikipedia

  • Oliver! — This article is about the musical. For the 1968 film, see Oliver! (film). Oliver! Original theatre programme and poster Music Lionel Bart Lyrics Lionel B …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.