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Elliot Norton Reviews; Brief Lives


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Elliot Norton Reviews
Brief Lives
Series Description

Boston theatre critic Elliot Norton interviews prominent actors, directors and producers on their craft. (Aired from October, 1958 to 1982. Winner of both Peabody and Tony Awards.) Series release date: 1958

Program Description

“Brief Lives” is a one man, tour de force, a dramatic adaptation of the memoirs of John Aubrey. The ‘one man’ here is the well known English actor Roy Dotrice, whom many Americans saw in “The Hollow Crown” when he toured this country with Sire\Michael Redgrave and Peggy Ashcroft. Mr. Dotrice also appeared on American television in Harold Pinter’s play “The Caretaker” and received an Emmy for his performance.

In 1967 Roy Dotrice first appeared as John Aubrey in the London production of “Brief Lives” and again in 1969 when this one man show ran a world record of 213 performances.

John Aubrey was a 17th century biographer who has just begun to be recognized as such during this century. He kept gossipy notes on the famous and infamous and wrote down conscientiously whatever he heard or saw, and these so called notes were published as “Lives of Eminent Men”, now known as “Brief Lives.”

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Broadcast program

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Talk Show
Performing Arts
Chicago: “Elliot Norton Reviews; Brief Lives,” 01/28/1975, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed January 23, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_1D69DA8B478741A2B74246BB6C3CC8B2.
MLA: “Elliot Norton Reviews; Brief Lives.” 01/28/1975. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. January 23, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_1D69DA8B478741A2B74246BB6C3CC8B2>.
APA: Elliot Norton Reviews; Brief Lives. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_1D69DA8B478741A2B74246BB6C3CC8B2
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