elisa_rolle (elisa_rolle) wrote,

Robert Medley (December 19, 1905 - October 20, 1994)

Rupert Doone was an English dancer, choreographer, theatre director, and teacher. In Paris on November 1925, Doone met and fell in love with Robert Medley, who was the cofounder of the Group Theatre. Charles Robert Owen Medley CBE, RA, always known as Robert Medley, was an English painter who worked in both abstract and figurative styles, and a theatre designer. He held several teaching positions, in London and Rome. At school, Medley was the friend of W.H. Auden, and first suggested that Auden might write poetry (although Medley did not know at the time that he had this effect). As described in his memoir, Drawn from the Life, in his early years he believed he was heterosexual (and therefore did not understand Auden's erotic intentions toward him until they spent a single weekend together after both had left school). Medley and Doone lived together until Doone's death, because of multiple sclerosis. Medley and Doone invited Auden to write plays for the Group Theatre, and through Auden, Medley met Stephen Spender, Louis MacNeice, and others who became associated with the Group.

Timeline & Places:

• December 19, 1905: born.

• 1919 to 1923: attended Greshams School, Cromer Rd, Holt NR25 6EA, Regno Unito

• 1923: attended Byam Shaw School of Art (now Central Sain Martins), Granary Building, 1 Granary Square, Kings Cross, London N1C 4AA, Regno Unito

• 1924: attended Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, Gower St, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 6BT, Regno Unito

• 1940s: lived at 46 Fitzroy St, Kings Cross, London W1T 5BR, Regno Unito, sharing with Rupert Doone.

• October 20, 1994: died.


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