Knowledge Identifier: +George_Devine
Born in 1910.
Countries: United Kingdom (79%), France (6%), (6%)
Linked to: University of Oxford, Oxford University Dramatic Society, Wadham College, Category:Alumni of the University of Oxford
It was at Oxford that his interest in theatre, which had begun at school, came to fruition, and in 1931 he became the President of the prestigious Oxford University Dramatic Society, or OUDS. In early 1932, he invited the young actor John Gielgud to direct a production of Romeo and Juliet, and, as the OUDS did not admit women, Peggy Ashcroft and Edith Evans were invited to play Juliet and the Nurse
Devine directed a successful production of a stage version of Daphne Du Maurier's Rebecca at the Queen's Theatre in 1939
Byam Shaw had moved to Stratford-on-Avon to run the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, and Devine directed several successful Shakespeare productions there in the early 1950s, including a notorious version of King Lear , which starred John Gielgud and was designed by the experimental Japanese American artist and sculptor Isamu Noguchi