Guy Bolton

Playwright, Film story contributor

1884 – 1979

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Who was Guy Bolton?

Guy Reginald Bolton was a British-American playwright and writer of musical comedies. Born in England and educated in France and the U.S., he trained as an architect but turned to writing. Bolton preferred working in collaboration with others, principally the English writers P. G. Wodehouse and Fred Thompson, with whom he wrote 21 and 14 shows respectively, and the American playwright George Middleton, with whom he wrote ten shows. Among his other collaborators in Britain were George Grossmith Jr., Ian Hay and Weston and Lee. In the U.S., he worked with George and Ira Gershwin, Kalmar and Ruby and Oscar Hammerstein II.

Bolton is best known for his early work on the Princess Theatre musicals during the First World War with Wodehouse and the composer Jerome Kern. These shows moved the American musical away from the traditions of European operetta to small scale, intimate productions with what the Oxford Encyclopedia of Popular Music calls, "smart and witty integrated books and lyrics, considered to be a watershed in the evolution of the American musical." Among his 50 plays and musicals, most of which were considered "frothy confections", additional hits included Primrose, the Gershwins' Lady, Be Good, and especially Cole Porter's Anything Goes.

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Born
Nov 23, 1884
Broxbourne
Also known as
  • Guy Reginald Bolton
  • H.B. Trevelyan
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Nationality
  • United States of America
  • United Kingdom
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Lived in
  • London
Died
Sep 5, 1979
London

Submitted
on July 23, 2013