Stanley Houghton

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(William) Stanley Houghton (22 February 1881–10 December 1913) was an English playwright. He was a prominent member, together with Allan Monkhouse and Harold Brighouse, of a group known as the Manchester School of dramatists. His best known play is Hindle Wakes.

Early life

Stanley Houghton was born at 1 Amy Villas, Doveston Road, Ashton-upon-Mersey, Sale, which was then in Cheshire, the only son of John Hartley Houghton, a cotton merchant, and Lucy Mary née Darbyshire.Victor Emeljanow, ‘Houghton, (William) Stanley (1881–1913)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 , accessed 17 November 2008 In 1896, the family moved to 2 Athol Road, Alexandra Park, Manchester, some two miles from the city centre.Mortimer, (1984) The Life and Literary Career of W. Stanley Houghton, (University of Salford PhD Thesis). p. 9. Houghton was educated at Bowdon College and at Manchester Grammar School. On leaving school in 1897, he started working full time in his father's office and continued to do this until 1912. During this time he was an amateur actor and writer. In 1905–06 he was an unpaid drama critic for the Manchester City News and between 1905 and 1913 he contributed articles, theatrical notices and literary reviews to the Manchester Guardian. He also wrote a number of unpublished plays.


Houghton's first productions were The Intrigues...
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