John Burrell (theatre director)

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John Percy Burrell (6 May 1910–28 September 1972) was an English theatre director.

John Burrell was educated at Shrewsbury School (in Shropshire, England, UK) and he led a successful theatre career. He was appointed as a co-director of the Old Vic Theatre (in London, England, UK) with Laurence Olivier and Ralph Richardson in 1948.

He later moved to the USA and worked on Broadway, New York.

"He was a founder of the American Shakespeare Festival Theatre and Academy at Stratford, Connecticut, where he also taught acting, and which opened its first season in July 1955. He was then executive artistic director for CBS TV in New York, and was credited with revolutionizing design on television. His final post was as a drama professor at the University of Illinois."[1]


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