Person NameAtkins; Robert (1886-1972); Actor and theatrical director
EpithetActor and theatrical director
ActivityEducated - privately; Academy of Dramatic Art. First appearance, His Majesty's, 1906; three years with Sir Herbert Tree; one season with Glasgow Repertory Company; with Martin Harvey on tour and at Lyceum, 1911; with Forbes Robertson on tour, at Drury Lane, 1913, and in America; toured with Sir Frank Benson's Shakespearean Companies; joined Old Vic Company, 1915; war service; after demobilisation, 1919, toured with Ben Greet's Company; Dir. of the Plays at Old Vic, 1920-1925; produced and appeared in many plays since1926 at London Theatres; took his own Shakespearean Repertory Company to Egypt, 1927 and 1928; Dir. of British Empire Shakespeare Society, 1927; produced and played lead in Mussolini's Napoleon, New Theatre, 1932 (Cavaliere of Order of Crown of Italy); produced plays at Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park, 1933-1939, and appeared in many of them; managed and produced plays in Regent's Park during war years including 1944, also subsequently, continuing annual seasons of producing and playing in Shakespearean and other productions there. Produced Henry V at Stratford-on-Avon, 1934; Dir of Stratford-on-Avon Shakespeare memorial Theatre Festival Company, 1944-1945; produced adaptation of an Elizabethan masque, in the hall of Gray's Inn, 1956. First appeared in films, 1935, in Peg of Old Drury.
RelationshipsMarried 1st, Mary Sumner (marr. diss); 2nd, Ethel Davey


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