(Walter) Nugent Bligh Monck; 1877-1958; actor, theatre director; Welshampton, Shropshire, Norwich, Norfolk

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(Walter) Nugent Bligh Monck; 1877-1958; actor, theatre director; Welshampton, Shropshire, Norwich, Norfolk

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1877-1958

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Born at Welshampton, Shropshire, on 4 February 1877. Had been William Poel's stage manager at the Abbey Theatre, and had absorbed many of Poel's ideas on producing Shakespeare. Founded the Norwich Players in 1911. Initially, the Players put on plays in Monck's drawing room, but they moved to the Old Musick House, King Street, Norwich, in 1914, and later in 1921 to the Maddermarket Theatre. The building, originally a Roman Catholic chapel, was adapted by Monck as an Elizabethan theatre where he could demonstrate his ideas on performing Shakespeare. The Players have presented a wide variety of productions, dating from the medieval period to the modern day, including the pageants and plays of Monck himself. Died on 21 October 1958.

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Welshampton, Shropshire; Norwich, Norfolk

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Created on: 03/05/2002 by Droip

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