Francis Martin Sewell Stokes (November 16, 1902 London - November 2, 1979 London) was an English novelist, biographer, playwright, screenwriter, broadcaster and prison visitor. Joan Henrietta Collins, OBE (born 23 May 1933) is a Golden Globe Award -winning English actress and bestselling Events 534 - A second and final revision of the Codex Justinianus is published Year 1902 ( MCMII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common year starting London ( ˈlʌndən is the capital and largest urban area in the United Kingdom. Events 1570 - A Tidal wave in the North Sea devastates the coast from Holland to Jutland, killing more than 1000 Year 1979 ( MCMLXXIX) was a Common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1979 Gregorian calendar) London ( ˈlʌndən is the capital and largest urban area in the United Kingdom. He collaborated on a number of occasions with his brother, Leslie Stokes, an actor and later in life a BBC radio producer, with whom he shared a flat for many years overlooking the British Museum. Leslie Stokes was an English playwright and BBC radio producer and director The British Museum is a Museum of human history and culture in London. It was here that Sewell Stokes did much of his writing in the Reading Room, used by so many distinguished writers over the years. The British Museum Reading Room, situated in the centre of the Great Court of the British Museum, used to be the main reading room of the British Library
Born in Hampstead, London, Stokes was educated at Cranleigh School in Surrey and his first job in 1918 was as a book reviewer and gossip writer with the The Sunday Times in London. Hampstead is an area of London, England, located north-west of Charing Cross. Cranleigh School is an independent English Boarding school in the village of Cranleigh, Surrey. The Sunday Times is a Sunday Broadsheet Newspaper distributed in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland. Three years later he became assistant editor for T. P. 's Weekly, a radical newspaper founded in 1902 by the Irish journalist and member of parliament Thomas Power O'Connor. Thomas Power O'Connor ( 5 October 1848 &ndash 18 November 1929) known as T
The author became friendly with the American dancer Isadora Duncan towards the very end of her life, when she was penniless and alone, and in 1928, shortly after her death, wrote a memoir of his conversations with her entitled Isadora, an Intimate Portrait. Isadora Duncan (May 26 1877 &ndash September 14 1927 was an American dancer Years later, he co-wrote the film script for the BBC TV film, Isadora Duncan, the Biggest Dancer in the World, with director Ken Russell. Isadora Duncan the Biggest Dancer in the World, was a BBC TV film based on the life of the American dancer Isadora Duncan first broadcast on Henry Kenneth Alfred Russell, known as Ken Russell (born 3 July 1927 is an English Film director. Starring Vivian Pickles and Peter Bowles, the film was first broadcast on 22 September 1966. Vivian Pickles (born October 21 1931) is an English Actress. Her first nationally prominent role was on the BBC when as a Peter Bowles (born 16 October 1936) is an English Actor. Bowles was born in London, England, the son of SarahJane ( In 1968 his memoir of Duncan, together with her autobiography, My Life, were adapted by Melvyn Bragg for the film Isadora (US title: The Loves of Isadora), directed by Karel Reisz and starring Vanessa Redgrave and James Fox. Melvyn Baron Bragg, FRSL, FRTS (born 6 October 1939) is a British author and broadcaster Isadora is a 1968 biographical Film which tells the story of celebrated American dancer Isadora Duncan. Karel Reisz ( July 21, 1926 – November 25 2002) was one of the most important filmmakers in post– war Britain Vanessa Redgrave, CBE (born 30 January, 1937) is an English Academy Award, two-time Cannes Best Actress, James Fox, (born 19 May 1939) is an English Actor. Biography Early life James Fox was born in London to In his 1954 novel Recital in Paris the character of Sarah Menken was substantially modelled on that of Isadora Duncan. Isadora Duncan (May 26 1877 &ndash September 14 1927 was an American dancer
Stokes, together with Christine Jope-Slade, wrote the play Britannia of Billingsgate, which was produced by A. R. Whatmore at the St Martin's Theatre, London, on 30 November 1931 and made into a film of the same name, directed by Sinclair Hall, in 1933. St Martin's Theatre is a West End theatre, located in West Street near Charing Cross Road, in the London Borough of Camden. Other screenwriting successes followed in 1934 with Rolling in Money, directed by Albert Parker, and in 1941 when Stokes co-wrote, with Lydia Hayward, the script for the film You Will Remember, directed by Jack Raymond. Albert Parker (January 10 1916 in Claxton Georgia - May 21 1995 in Claxton Georgia) was the owner of The Claxton Bakery and creator of the Old Fashion The film was based on the life of the popular late Victorian songwriter Leslie Stuart, played here by Robert Morley, and co-starred Emlyn Williams as Stuart's best friend. Leslie Stuart ( 15 March 1863 &ndash 27 March 1928) was an English composer of early Musical theatre, best known for the hit Robert Morley CBE ( May 26, 1908 &ndash June 3, 1992) was an Oscar -nominated English Actor who George Emlyn Williams CBE ( 26 November 1905 &ndash 25 September 1987) known as Emlyn Williams, was a Welsh
Stokes co-wrote a series of plays with his brother, Leslie, beginning with Laura Garnett, whose main character had much in common with Isadora Duncan. Leslie Stokes was an English playwright and BBC radio producer and director Isadora Duncan (May 26 1877 &ndash September 14 1927 was an American dancer The play was first performed at Dobbs Ferry, New York State, in July 1934 with Ethel Barrymore and later in the Arts Theatre Club, London, in September 1936 with Mary Clare playing the title role. Dobbs Ferry is a village in Westchester County, New York, United States. Ethel Barrymore ( August 15, 1879 – June 18, 1959) was an Academy Award -winning American actress and a member of The Arts Theatre was a small club theatre in Great Newport Street Central London which seats 347 in a two-tier basement auditorium Mary Clare ( July 17, 1892 at Lambeth London-Surrey - August 29, 1970 at Harrow London-Middlesex was a British actress who performed
The Four Partners, a play in German by Jochen Huth, was adapted by Stokes and produced by Margaret Webster at London's Q Theatre in October 1936. The Q Theatre, seating 490 in 25 rows with a central aisle was opened in 1924 near Kew Bridge in west London by Jack and Beatie de Leon and was one of a number of
Oscar Wilde was the most successful of the Stokes brothers' plays. The play Oscar Wilde, written by Leslie & Sewell Stokes, is based on the life of the legendary Irish playwright Oscar Wilde in which The play was based on the life of Oscar Wilde in which Wilde's friend, the controversial author and journalist Frank Harris, appears as a character. Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900 was an Irish Playwright, Novelist, poet and Author of Frank Harris ( February 14, 1856 &ndash August 27, 1931) was a naturalised American Author of British origin editor, Starring Robert Morley, John Bryning and Frith Banbury, directed by Norman Marshall, the play had its first production at London's Gate Theatre Studio in 1936. Robert Morley CBE ( May 26, 1908 &ndash June 3, 1992) was an Oscar -nominated English Actor who Norman Marshall (16 Nov 1901 – 7 Nov 1980) was an English theatrical director producer and manager who began his theatrical career while still an undergraduate student at Oxford. The history of London's Gate Theatre Studio often referred to as simply the Gate Theatre is typical of many small independent theatres of the period Recast, with Francis L. Sullivan in the title role, it was revived at London's Arts Theatre Club in 1938. Francis Loftus Sullivan ( January 6, 1903, Wandsworth, London - November 19, 1956 New York City New York The Arts Theatre was a small club theatre in Great Newport Street Central London which seats 347 in a two-tier basement auditorium Because of its subject matter the play was not granted a licence by the Lord Chamberlain and could, therefore, only be staged in England at a theatre club where membership was required. The Lord Chamberlain or Lord Chamberlain of the Household is one of the chief officers of the Royal Household in the United Kingdom, and is to be distinguished There were no such problems in New York where the play opened the same year, again with Morley in the title role, on Broadway at the Fulton Theatre where it ran for 247 performances. Broadway theater, commonly called simply Broadway, refers to theatrical performances presented in one of the 39 large professional theaters with 500 seats or more located The Fulton Theatre was a Broadway Theatre located at 210 W 46th Street in New York which was opened in 1911 and subsequently re-named the Helen Hayes Theatre in 1955
At that time Robert Morley was known in America only through his portrayal of Louis XVI, the French King, in the film Marie Antoinette and it was his success with the role of Wilde that launched his career as a stage actor on both sides of the Atlantic. Robert Morley CBE ( May 26, 1908 &ndash June 3, 1992) was an Oscar -nominated English Actor who Marie Antoinette is a 1938 Film produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The play, which contains much of Wilde's actual writings, opens in Algiers where Wilde and his friend Lord Alfred Douglas are on holiday together. Lord Alfred Bruce Douglas ( 22 October 1870 &ndash 20 March 1945) was a Poet, a Translator and a Prose They return to London for the opening of The Importance of Being Earnest and to attend Wilde's libel suit against the Marquis of Queensbury, Lord Alfred's father. The Importance of Being Earnest is a play by Oscar Wilde. It premiered on February 14, 1895 at the St Marquess of Queensberry (often spelled after the French as the Marquis of Queensbury is a title in the peerage of Scotland. Wilde's own trial and conviction follow and the play ends in Paris with his decline into alcoholism after his release from prison.
The Stokes brothers continued there collaboration with Out of Sight, a play about prison life, first presented at the Gate Theatre Studio on 4 March 1937 where it was directed by Norman Marshall and later the same year there was another production of the play at the Tavistock Little Theatre which was directed by Vincent Pearmain. Next came Frozen Glory, a play about polar exploration, first performed at the Gate Theatre Studio on 10 February 1938 where it was directed by A. E. Filmer.
From 1941 to 1945 he served as a probation officer at Bow Street Magistrates' Court, London, and in 1950 he wrote an autobiographical account of his experiences there, entitled Court Circular published in paperback by Pan Books. Probation officers and parole officers function as agents or officers of the courts Bow Street Magistrates' Court was the most famous magistrates' court in England for much of its existence and was located in various buildings on Bow Street In 1952 the book was made into the film I Believe in You, directed by Basil Dearden & Michael Relph and starring Celia Johnson, Cecil Parker, Harry Fowler, Joan Collins and George Relph. Basil Dearden ( 1 January 1911 &ndash 23 March 1971) was an English film director born Basil Dear in Westcliff-on-Sea Michael Relph (born in Broadstone, Dorset, England, February 16, 1915, died in Selsey, West Sussex, England Dame Celia Elizabeth Johnson DBE (18 December 1908 &ndash 26 April 1982 was an English actress, famous for her role in the 1945 film Brief Cecil Parker (3 September 1897 &ndash 20 April 1971 was an English character and comedy actor with a distinctive husky voice who usually played supporting roles in his 91 films made Harry James Fowler, MBE (born 10 December 1926, Lambeth, London) is a British Actor in film and TV Joan Henrietta Collins, OBE (born 23 May 1933) is a Golden Globe Award -winning English actress and bestselling George Relph (January 27 1888 in Cullercoats, Northumbria, England – April 24 1960 in London, England) was an English Stokes described a tour through British prisons of the day in his book Come to Prison, published in 1957, and in 1965 his book Our Dear Delinquents, on a similar theme, was published.
Stokes was a close friend of the actor Robert Morley and in 1953 wrote, Without Veils. Robert Morley CBE ( May 26, 1908 &ndash June 3, 1992) was an Oscar -nominated English Actor who The Intimate Biography of Gladys Cooper, about Morley's mother-in-law, the actress Gladys Cooper. Dame Gladys Constance Cooper DBE ( 18 December 1888 &ndash 17 November 1971) was an Oscar -nominated English Later, in 1966, he co-wrote a biography of Robert Morley himself entitled Robert Morley "Responsible Gentleman". Robert Morley CBE ( May 26, 1908 &ndash June 3, 1992) was an Oscar -nominated English Actor who The title aludes to the fact that Morley started his acting career as a "responsible gentleman", an actor who portrayed professional men such as doctors, lawyers and official receivers in bankruptcy cases.
In 1955 Stokes completed the novel, Beyond His Means, based on the life of Oscar Wilde. Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900 was an Irish Playwright, Novelist, poet and Author of The film Oscar Wilde, based on the Stokes brothers' play, and directed by Gregory Ratoff, starred Robert Morley,Ralph Richardson, was released in 1960. Oscar Wilde is a 1960 Biographical film about Oscar Wilde, made by Vantage Films and released by 20th Century Fox. Robert Morley CBE ( May 26, 1908 &ndash June 3, 1992) was an Oscar -nominated English Actor who Sir Ralph David Richardson ( 19 December 1902 &ndash 10 October 1983) was an English Actor, one of a group of theatrical This coincided with the release of The Trials of Oscar Wilde, a film directed by Ken Hughes, in which Peter Finch played the title role. The Trials of Oscar Wilde also known as The Man with the Green Carnation, The Green Carnation, and The Trial of Oscar This article is about the actor For the poet see Peter Finch (poet. The title of Stokes's memoir, Rarely Pure, published in 1952, was taken from the line "The truth is rarely pure and never simple" spoken by character Algernon Moncrieff in Oscar Wilde's play The Importance of Being Earnest. The memoir is subtitled "The Memoirs of a Young Man in Search of Sex".
Stokes worked as a screenplay advisor on Tony Richardson's films The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962), starring Tom Courtney and Michael Redgrave, and on Tom Jones (1963), starring Albert Finney and Susannah York, and based on the novel of the same name by Henry Fielding. Tony Richardson ( June 5, 1928 – November 14, 1991) was an English theatre and Academy Award -winning film The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner is a story by the British writer Alan Sillitoe published in 1958, and it is contained in a collection of short Thomas ("Tom" William Courtney (born August 17, 1933) is a former American athlete, winner of two gold medals at the 1956 Sir Michael Scudamore Redgrave CBE ( 20 March, 1908 — 21 March, 1985) was an English actor author director and Tom Jones is a 1963 British Comedy film. It is an adaptation of Henry Fielding 's classic novel The History of Tom Jones a Foundling Albert Finney Jr (born 9 May 1936 is a five-time Academy Award -nominated and Emmy Award -winning English Actor. Susannah York (born January 9, 1942) is an Academy Award -nominated English film and television actress. Henry Fielding ( April 22, 1707 &ndash October 8, 1754) was an English Novelist and Dramatist known for his