Tuesday, June 9, 2015

The Group Theatre (London, no connection with the New York company with the same name) was an experimental theatre company founded in 1932 by Rupert Doone and Robert Medley. It evolved from a play-reading group in Cambridge that Doone had been involved with during his years studying with the Festival Theatre there. The Group Theatre was active from 1932 to 1939 and reformed as The Group Theatre Ltd. in the early 1950s.

The Group performed plays written for it in the 1930s by W. H. Auden, both alone and in collaboration with Christopher Isherwood, Louis MacNeice, and Stephen Spender. It also produced plays by T. S. Eliot and other contemporary writers, and Elizabethan and medieval English plays.

Among the artists and musicians who worked with the Group were Henry Moore, Benjamin Britten and Rupert Shephard.


  • Michael J. Sidnell (1984). Dances of Death: The Group Theatre of London in the Thirties. Faber. 
  • Robert Medley (1983). Drawn from the Life: A Memoir. Faber. 

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