Purdon, Charles Benjamin

Scope and Content

Two notebooks containing notes and newspaper cuttings concerning Purdon's production of As You like It , 1949 and Macbeth in 1951.

Administrative / Biographical History

Purdon was born in London on 15 October 1883. From 1919 to 1928 he was Finance Director at Welwyn Garden City Ltd. Between 1928 and 1935 he edited a succession of journals: Everyman , 1928-1932, New Britain , 1933-1934 and Theatregoer , 1935. During World War Two, Purdon served with the Ministry of Food 1941-1943, Ministry of Supply, 1943 and Ministry of Information 1944. Purdon was also involved with the Garden City movement and town planning. He was the General Secretary of Equity, 1939-1940 and Joint Secretary of the London Theatre. After the war Purdon produced two plays by William Shakespeare, As You like It , 1949 and Macbeth in 1951. He also wrote widely on drama and on town planning. Purdon died on 8 July 1965.

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