George Devine

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George Alexander Cassady Devine CBE (20 November 1910 - 20 January 1966) was an extremely influential theatrical manager, director, teacher and actor in London from the late 1940s until his death. He also worked in the media of TV and film.


Devine was born in London. His father, Georgios Devine, was half Irish and half Greek. His mother, Ruth Eleanor Cassady, was Irish Canadian.

Early theatrical experience

While reading history at Oxford University, Devine became interested in theatre, and in 1932 was made president of the Oxford University Dramatic Society (OUDS). In that year he invited John Gielgud to guest-direct a production of Romeo and Juliet which was to star Peggy Ashcroft and Edith Evans playing as Juliet and Nurse. As part of the arrangement Gielgud insisted on having the costumes designed by Motley, a newly-formed London design team consisting of Sophie Harris, her sister Margaret (known as "Percy"), and Liz Montgomery. The production was a great success, and so was the meeting between George and Sophie Harris. They began living together almost immediately, and married on 27 October 1939 despite an age gap of ten years in George's favour. They returned from Oxford as a couple to London, where George became an actor, and performed in a number of Gielgud's productions. He also worked for the Motleys as their business manager. In 1936 he collaborated...
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