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Kenneth Tynan

Geburtstag: 2. April 1927
Todesdatum: 26. Juli 1980

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Kenneth Peacock Tynan war ein bedeutender und einflussreicher englischer Theaterkritiker und Autor.

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„I believe in neither a director’s nor a writer’s theatre, but a theatre of intelligent audiences.“

— Kenneth Tynan
Context: I believe in neither a director’s nor a writer’s theatre, but a theatre of intelligent audiences. I count myself as a member of an intelligent audience, and I wrote to you as such. That you should disagree with me I can understand, but that you should resent my expressing my opinions is something that frankly amazes me. I thought we had outgrown the idea of theatre as a mystic rite born of secret communion between author, director, actors and an empty auditorium. Letter to George Devine (10 March 1964), printed in Kenneth Tynan : A Life by Dominic Shellard<!-- Yale University Press, 2003, --> , p. 292

„Show me a congenital eavesdropper with the instincts of a peeping Tom, and I will show you the makings of a dramatist.“

— Kenneth Tynan
Context: Useless, of course, to point out that the genesis of good plays is hardly ever abstract; that it tends, on the contrary, to be something as concrete and casual as a glance intercepted, a remark overheard, or an insignificant news item buried at the bottom of page three. Yet it is by trivialities like these that the true playwright's blood is fired. They spur him to story-telling; they bring on the narrative fit that is his glory and his basic credential. Show me a congenital eavesdropper with the instincts of a peeping Tom, and I will show you the makings of a dramatist. Only the makings, of course: curiosity about people is merely the beginning of the road to the masterpiece: but if that curiosity is sustained you will find, when the rules have been mastered and the end has been reached, that a miracle has happened. Pausing on the Stairs (1957)<!-- also quoted in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations (2014 edition) -->

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„That you should disagree with me I can understand, but that you should resent my expressing my opinions is something that frankly amazes me.“

— Kenneth Tynan
Context: I believe in neither a director’s nor a writer’s theatre, but a theatre of intelligent audiences. I count myself as a member of an intelligent audience, and I wrote to you as such. That you should disagree with me I can understand, but that you should resent my expressing my opinions is something that frankly amazes me. I thought we had outgrown the idea of theatre as a mystic rite born of secret communion between author, director, actors and an empty auditorium. Letter to George Devine (10 March 1964), printed in Kenneth Tynan : A Life by Dominic Shellard<!-- Yale University Press, 2003, --> , p. 292

„People have always needed art: but why have they needed it?“

— Kenneth Tynan
Context: People have always needed art: but why have they needed it? And what shaped the forms by which they satisfied their need? … In the arts form tends to be conservative, and content to be revolutionary; it is novelty of content that precedes, demands and imposes novelty of form. Review of The Necessity of Art (1959) by Ernest Fischer

„Art and ideology often interact on each other; but the plain fact is that both spring from a common source.“

— Kenneth Tynan
Context: Art and ideology often interact on each other; but the plain fact is that both spring from a common source. Both draw on human experience to explain mankind to itself; both attempt, in very different ways, to assemble coherence from seemingly unrelated phenomena; both stand guard for us against chaos.

„Not content to have the audience in the palm of his hand; he goes one further and clinches his fist.“

— Kenneth Tynan
On singer Frankie Laine<!-- also quoted in "Kenneth Tynan — The Critic As Elegant Conversationalist" by by Robert Cushman in The New York Times (17 August 1980) -->

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„No theater could sanely flourish until there was an umbilical connection between what was happening on the stage and what was happening in the world.“

— Kenneth Tynan
As quoted in "Critic Kenneth Tynan Has Mellowed But Is Still England's Stingingest Gadfly" by Godfrey Smith in The New York Times (9 January 1966)

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„I do not see the EEC as a great love affair. It is more like nine middle-aged couples with failing marriages meeting at a Brussels hotel for a group grope.“

— Kenneth Tynan
"This going into Europe will not turn out to be the thrilling mutual exchange supposed. It is more like nine middle aged couples with failing marriages meeting in a darkened bedroom in a Brussels hotel for a group grope." - E.P. Thompson, "On the Europe Debate," The London Times (27 March 1975) [http://www.bloomsbury.com/ARC/detail.asp?EntryID=104755&bid=5]

„A critic is a man who knows the way but can't drive the car.“

— Kenneth Tynan
As quoted in "Critic Kenneth Tynan Has Mellowed But Is Still England's Stingingest Gadfly" by Godfrey Smith in The New York Times (9 January 1966)<!-- perhaps also The New York Times (1 December 1963 ? -->

„Any country that has sexual censorship will eventually have political censorship.“

— Kenneth Tynan
As quoted in [http://www.nytimes.com/books/98/05/10/specials/tynan-gadfly.html "Critic Kenneth Tynan Has Mellowed But Is Still England's Stingingest Gadfly" by Godfrey Smith in The New York Times (9 January 1966)]

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