ITA/263 Christopher Casson (1912-1996)

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Christopher Casson (1912-1996)Born on 20 March 1912 in Manchester, Christopher was the younger son of the celebrated theatrical couple, Dame Sybil Thorndike and Sir Lewis Casson.  In 1938, Christopher joined the Edwards and Mac Liammóir, company at the Gate in Dublin and in 1941 married the Irish artist and stage designer, Kay O’Connell, with his mentor Micheál Mac Liammóir, as best man. In 1946, Christopher moved to Longford Productions at the Gate Theatre, where he acted and directed until becoming a freelance actor in 1950, working in television, radio, stage and screen. He attained national recognition when he joined the cast of RTÉ’s The Riordans, as Canon Browne. His successful acting career continued until shortly before his death on 9 July 1996. The collection includes programs, correspondence, paintings, diaries, photographs and press-cuttings relating to Christopher and his parents, and relating to other twentieth century Irish actors such as Micheál Mac Liammóir, Anew McMaster and Milo O’Shea. Also included are 4 letters from George Bernard Shaw.

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