Robert Kemp (playwright)

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Not to be confused with the French literary critic Robert Kemp (literary critic)

Robert Kemp (1908-1967) was a Scottish playwright.

He was born at Longhope in the Orkney Islands, where his father was the minister. Educated at Robert Gordon's College and the University of Aberdeen,[1] he lived in London and then in Edinburgh (in Warriston Crescent). In 1948, working with Tyrone Guthrie, he staged a revival of Scotland's first Scottish play, David Lyndsay’s Ane Pleasant Satyre of the Thrie Estaitis and, also in 1948, he coined the phrase “Edinburgh Festival Fringe”.[2] His son, Arnold Kemp, achieved fame as a newspaper editor.

Published work[edit]

Robert Kemp's plays include


  1. ^ Pine, L. G., ed., The Author's and Writer's Who's Who, 4th ed., 1960, p.218
  2. ^ Kemp, Robert (14 August 1948). "More that is Fresh in Drama". Edinburgh Evening News.

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