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The studio vanishes

London is currently witness to a curious collision of arts. The Almeida Theatre Company has chosen the derelict Gainsborough Film Studios to present Shakespeare's Richard II and Coriolanus in rep this summer. Two great plays about power, staged in a venue that launched one of the most powerful careers in English cinema history. Alfred Hitchcock was working here in the captioning office when he was offered his first chance to direct. But the resonances of this location go further than the

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