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Frank Marcus


Estates, Writers: Playwrights

FrankMarcus was born in Breslau, Germany in 1928, and emigrated to England in1939.  After being educated in England,he worked as a secretary, salesman and antique shop manager before joiningLondon’s Unity Theatre as an actor, director and scenic designer.  His first play, MINUET FOR STUFFED BIRDS, waswritten and performed in 1950, and THE KILLING OF SISTER GEORGE was his fourthplay.  It won him the Variety, EveningStandard and Plays and Players Awards, and critics lavished praise on it.

FrankMarcus wrote a total of 16 plays, including two mime scenarios.  He is also the author of five televisionplays and six translations of plays by authors including Arthur Schnitzler andFerenc Molnar.

Hewas theatre critic of the Sunday Telegraph for 10 years from 1968, andcontributed regularly to magazines in Britain and America.

Hehas written “All my plays are about illusion and reality: about theimpossibility of living either with or without illusions.  The only honest conclusion to comedy is thesense of life going on.  What more dareone suggest? the sense in which I write my plays, comedy is the very lastalternative to despair.  Sad and funny atthe same time.  Is that deliberate?  No, it’s natural.  That’s how I see people and events”.

Hedied in 1996.