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Kenneth Tynan (I) (1927–1980)

Kenneth Tynan was one of the most famous theatrical critics of the 20th Century. He earned his own permanent place in the history of the English theater when he became the first dramaturg of Laurence Olivier, when the great actor finally realized his dream and became the director of the new National Theatre. Tynan's tenure at the National proved ... See full bio »

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Macbeth Writer
Oh! Calcutta!
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 1972 Oh! Calcutta! (contributions) / (deviser)
 1971 Macbeth (screenplay by)
 1964 Not So Much a Programme, More a Way of Life (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.1 (1964) ... (writer)
 1964 Tempo (TV Series) (literary advisor - 1 episode)
- The Christopher Marlowe Murder Mystery (1964) ... (literary advisor)
 1962 That Was the Week That Was (TV Series)
 1958 Nowhere to Go (screenplay)
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Other Works:

Book of profiles: "Profiles," selected and edited by Kathleen Tynan and Ernie Eban. Preface by Simon Callow, London: Nick Hern Books, ISBN: 1854590308 See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 3 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 1 Interview | See more »

Alternate Names:

Ken Tynan | Mr. Kenneth Tynan

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Personal Quote:

There has never been an actor of greater gusto than Donald Wolfit. He has the dynamism, energy, bulk and stature, and he joins these together with a sheer relish for resonant words, which splits small theatres as [Enrico Caruso] wine glasses. See more »


Co-director (with Laurence Olivier) of the National Theatre of Great Britain. It was Tynan who said that he would only accept the post if Olivier played Othello in Shakespeare's "Othello", something that Olivier had always resisted doing (he had played Iago on stage opposite Ralph Richardson as Othello in the 1930s). See more »



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