Michel Saint-Denis
Daphne du Maurier
John Gielgud
(Movies & TV)
Sean O'Casey
Andre Obey
Margaret Rutherford
(Movies & TV)
Owen Nares

See also

George Devine

Knowledge Identifier: +George_Devine


George Devine

English theatrical manager, director, teacher and actor based in London from the early 1930s until his death add

Category: Business

Born in 1910.

Countries: United Kingdom (79%), France (6%), (6%)

Main connections: Michel Saint-Denis, Daphne du Maurier, John Gielgud

Linked to: University of Oxford, Oxford University Dramatic Society, Wadham College, Category:Alumni of the University of Oxford




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George Devine was born in 1910 add something


In 1929 Devine went up to Oxford University to read for a degree in history at Wadham College add something


At the end of the 1930s Devine finally got the chance to direct a play himself add something


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 add something


Following their meeting in 1932, Devine and Sophie Harris formed a relationship, and he moved in with her in London after he left Oxford add something


Always interested in France and in French theatre, he suggested to Gielgud that they should invite the French director Michel Saint-Denis to come to London in 1935 to direct a London version of his successful production of Andre Obey's Noe add something


Michel Saint-Denis - In 1935, he accepted an invitation to London, where he founded the London Theatre Studio together with George Devine and Marius Goring, an actor school where he introduced Copeau's and his own concepts from his earlier experience in France


Angelica Garnett - In 1936 Angelica went to the London Theatre Studio to train, briefly, as an actress under Michel Saint-Denis and George Devine


Devine directed a successful production of a stage version of Daphne Du Maurier's Rebecca at the Queen's Theatre in 1939 add something


His first professional production was an adaptation by Alec Guiness of Charles Dickens' novel Great Expectations, which played at the Queen's Theatre in 1939 and was later adapted into the celebrated 1946 film of the same name, directed by David Lean add something


World War Two - When World War Two broke out in September 1939, Devine did not initially expect to be called up, owing to a supposedly weak heart add something


They married in October 1939, and their daughter Harriet was born in September 1942, after Devine had embarked for India add something


Daphne du Maurier - Her first was a successful adaptation of her novel "Rebecca", which opened at the Queen's Theatre in London on 5 March 1940 in a production by George Devine, starring Celia Johnson and Owen Nares as the De Winters and Margaret Rutherford as Mrs. Danvers


He did, however, pass his army medical and went into basic training with the Royal Artillery at the end of 1941 add something


Devine returned to England in 1946, and in September of that year appeared as George Antrobus in Laurence Olivier's production of Thornton Wilder's The Skin of Our Teeth, starring Vivien Leigh, at the Piccadilly Theatre in London add something


Glen Byam Shaw - Between 1947 and 1951 Byam Shaw was the director of the Old Vic Theatre School, part of the Old Vic Theatre Centre run by Michel Saint-Denis which included the Young Vic run by George Devine


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 add something


The marriage ended in the late 1950s, when Devine began living with Jocelyn Herbert, with whom he remained until his death in January 1966 add something


In 1952 the three directors were forced to resign following a dispute with the Old Vic governors, and Devine embarked on a free-lance career as a director and actor add something


In 1952 the young director Tony Richardson cast Devine in a television adaptation of "Curtain Down", a short story by Anton Chekhov add something


The fulfilment of these goals led to the formation, in 1955, of what was called the English Stage Company add something


Sean O'Casey - Edinburgh International Festival - Also in 1959, George Devine produced "Cock-a-Doodle Dandy" at the Royal Court Theatre and it was successful at the Edinburgh International Festival and had a West End run

George Devine died in 1966 add something


John Osborne - In his 2006 biography, John Heilpern describes at length a holiday in Valbonne, in 1961, that Osborne shared with Tony Richardson, a distraught George Devine, and others