Kenneth Barnes

Theatre Director, Chivalric Order Member

1878 – 1957

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Who was Kenneth Barnes?

Sir Kenneth Ralph Barnes, KBE, CBE was director of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, from 1909 until 1955.

He was born in Heavitree, near Exeter, one of six siblings. His sisters, Irene and Violet became actresses.

In 1921 he instigated the building of a new theatre for RADA which was totally demolished by bombing in 1941. A new Vanbrugh Theatre was opened by Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother in 1954 shortly before Sir Kenneth's retirement. He was knighted in 1938.

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Born
Sep 11, 1878
Heavitree
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Nationality
  • United Kingdom
Profession
Education
  • Christ Church, Oxford
Died
Oct 16, 1957

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on July 23, 2013

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