Ffolkes, David

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Costume and set designer David Ffolkes (1912-1966) was born in West Hagley, England and designed costumes and sets for numerous theatre productions and films. He served in the Royal Artillery during World War II and was a prisoner of war in Siam for over three years. Ffolkes received a 1947 Tony award for his set designs for King Henry VIII. He died of a heart attack in 1966.

From the guide to the David Ffolkes designs, 1939-1950, (The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.)

David Ffolkes (1912-1966), costume designer.

From the description of Costume design for Brigadoon, n.d. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122615315

Costume and set designer David Ffolkes (1912-1966) was born in West Hagley, England and designed costumes and sets for numerous theatre productions and films. He served in the Royal Artillery during World War II and was a prisoner of war in Siam for over three years.

Ffolkes received a 1947 Tony award for his set designs for King Henry VIII. He died of a heart attack in 1966.

From the description of David Ffolkes designs, 1939-1950. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 667592394

Maurice Evans, the actor-manager noted for his American classical productions, was born in Dorchester, England on June 3, 1901. He made his professional debut as Orestes in The Oresteia in Cambridge in 1926. After a succession of walk-on roles in the West End in the late 1920s, he joined the Old Vic Company in 1934, appearing in Antony and Cleopatra, Much Ado About Nothing and Shaw's Saint Joan . He received the notice of Katharine Cornell, who invited him to play the role of Romeo with her in Romeo and Juliet on Broadway in 1935. The following year he portrayed the Dauphin to her Joan in Saint Joan .

Mr. Evans began his series of Shakespearean triumphs with his appearance in the title role of King Richard II, which established him as a major performer in 1937. He returned in Margaret Webster's production of Hamlet, the first full-length version to be presented in the modern American theatre. Branching out into comedy from romantic leads, Maurice Evans played Falstaff in the revival of Henry IV, Part I and Malvolio in Twelfth Night . In 1941 he starred with Judith Anderson in Macbeth .

After obtaining American citizenship, Mr. Evans enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he was promoted to major and put in charge of entertainment in the Central Pacific arena. Most notable from this period was his G.I. Hamlet, a special cutting of the text for soldier audiences, which he performed in New York after the war and took on national tour.

Upon his return, Mr. Evans primarily distinguished himself in Shavian productions, staging and appearing in Man and Superman in 1947 and The Devil's Disciple in 1951. Ever expanding his repertoire, he starred in the commercial thriller, Dial “M” for Murder, in 1952, and had a singing role in George Abbott's Tenderloin in 1960.

During the 1950's Evans' expanded his production empire by creating industrial shows under the auspices of his company, Maurice Evans Industrials, Inc. This was short-lived and lasted until 1959. He created the industrial show Motorola for General Motors Corporation and this traveled from New York to Boston and Canada.

In the 1960s Maurice Evans brought his craft to mass media, where he received exposure for both classical and commercial work. The Hallmark Hall of Fame aired a series of his Shakespearean productions. His name became a household word with his role as Elizabeth Montgomery's warlock father on Bewitched . He was also seen in many films including Planet of the Apes and Rosemary's Baby . He returned to his native England in the late 1960s, where he died in Brighton on March 12, 1989.

From the guide to the Maurice Evans papers, 1934-1970, (The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.)

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creatorOf Maurice Evans papers, 1934-1970 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf Evans, Maurice, 1901-1989. Maurice Evans papers, 1934-1970. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Ffolkes, David. David Ffolkes designs, 1939-1950. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Ffolkes, David. Costume design for Brigadoon, n.d. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf David Ffolkes designs, 1939-1950 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn American Ballet Theatre records, 1936-ca. 1967 The New York Public Library. Jerome Robbins Dance Division.
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associatedWith Alden, Jerome person
associatedWith Almirall, Lloyd person
associatedWith American Ballet Theatre corporateBody
associatedWith Anderson, Judith, Dame, 1898-1992 person
associatedWith Ayers, Lemuel person
associatedWith Best, Edna, 1900-1974 person
associatedWith Bloom, Claire, 1931- person
associatedWith Caron, Leslie person
associatedWith Christians, Mady, 1900-1951 person
associatedWith Churchill, Sarah, 1914-1982 person
associatedWith Clark, Peggy person
associatedWith Crawford, Cheryl, 1902-1986. person
associatedWith Cullman, Howard person
associatedWith DaCosta, Morton, 1914-1989 person
associatedWith Davis, Ossie person
associatedWith Denham, Reginald, 1894-1983 person
associatedWith Evans, Maurice, 1901-1989. person
associatedWith Field, Ruth person
associatedWith Geer, Will person
associatedWith General Motors Corporation corporateBody
associatedWith Gielgud, John, 1904-2000 person
associatedWith Gordon, Ruth, 1896-1985 person
associatedWith Grayson, Richard, 1925- person
associatedWith Greene, Richard person
associatedWith Griffith, Andy, 1926-2012 person
associatedWith Guthrie, Tyrone, Sir, 1900-1971 person
associatedWith Haggott, John person
associatedWith Hansen, William person
associatedWith Harris, Julie, 1925- person
associatedWith Huganir, Elma person
associatedWith Hyman, Mac person
associatedWith Ibsen, Henrik, 1828-1906 person
associatedWith Ireland, John, 1914-1992 person
associatedWith Jacobson, Sol person
associatedWith Johnson, Arte, 1934- person
associatedWith Karloff, Boris, 1887-1969 person
associatedWith Kendrick, Lee person
associatedWith Kenyon, Elmer person
associatedWith Knott, Frederick person
associatedWith Knotts, Don, 1924-2006 person
associatedWith Leve, Sam person
associatedWith Levin, Ira person
associatedWith Lindey, Alexander, 1896- person
associatedWith Loewe, Frederick, 1901-1988. person
associatedWith Ludden, Allen person
associatedWith Maurice Evans Industrials, Inc corporateBody
associatedWith Maurice Evans Productions, Inc corporateBody
associatedWith McDowall, Roddy person
associatedWith Parker, Thane, 1907- person
associatedWith Patrick, John, 1905-1995 person
associatedWith Priestley, J. B. (John Boynton), 1894-1984 person
associatedWith Rattigan, Terence person
associatedWith Riggs, Otis person
associatedWith Schaefer, George, 1920- person
associatedWith Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. person
associatedWith Shaw, Bernard, 1856-1950 person
associatedWith United States. Army. Entertainment Unit corporateBody
associatedWith Webster, Margaret, 1905-1972 person
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Theater--United States
Musical theater
Costume design
Theater--New York (State)--New York
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