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Terence Richard Knapp (Born February 14, 1932) is an actor, director, educator, and author originally from England but currently based in Hawaii. He is an Emeritus Professor of Theatre, University of Hawaii at Manoa, a (Sir Winston, KG ) Churchill Fellow and a Royal Academy of Dramatic Art Associate. 1932 (MCMXXXII) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link will take you to a full 1932 calendar). ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: God Save the King/Queen Capital London (de facto) Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi  Population    - 2006 est. ... Official language(s) English, Hawaiian Capital Honolulu Largest city Honolulu Area  Ranked 43rd  - Total 10,931 sq mi (29,311 km²)  - Width n/a miles (n/a km)  - Length 1,522 miles (2,450 km)  - % water 41. ... The University of HawaiÊ»i at Mānoa is a public, co-educational university and is the main campus of the greater University of HawaiÊ»i system. ... RADAs theatre in London The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in Bloomsbury, London, is generally regarded as the most prestigious drama school in the world. ...


Youth and Early Career

Terence Knapp was born in London, England, the firstborn and only son of seven children of Capt. Richard Henry Knapp, RAMC and Alice Catherine (nee Carey Keegan) Knapp. This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ...

The family was evacuated from London during World War II, first to an abandoned coal mine village in Wales and then to live with relatives in Crumlin, a suburb of Dublin. With his father away on military duty, young Knapp became the responsible man of the household at an early age. He took a scholarship examination at the age of eleven and won a free place at Parmiters, an all-male Anglican grammar school. At age 14, he was cast as Lady Macbeth. His headmaster sent for his parents and told them that their son was talented and should audition for the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. The Governors of Parmiters paid the audition fee. Combatants Major Allied powers: United Kingdom France Soviet Union United States Republic of China and others Major Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Winston Churchill Charles de Gaulle Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Chiang Kai-Shek Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tojo Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian... Motto: (Welsh for Wales forever) Anthem: (Welsh for Land of My Fathers) Capital Cardiff (Caerdydd) Largest city Cardiff (Caerdydd) Official language(s) Welsh, English Government Constitutional monarchy  - Queen Queen Elizabeth II  - Prime Minister of the UK Tony Blair MP  - First Minister Rhodri Morgan AM Unification    - by Gruffudd ap Llywelyn 1056... There are a number of settlements named Crumlin: Crumlin, Caerphilly, is a town in Wales. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 53. ... The term Anglican describes those people and churches following the religious traditions of the Church of England, especially following the Reformation. ... Lady Macbeth was the title of Queen Gruoch of Scotland (queen consort to King Macbeth of Scotland) before her husband ascended to the throne of Scotland. ...

On a scholarship from the London County Council, he was given a place at the RADA Preparatory Academy for a year, until he was of age to be admitted to RADA. He was reassessed and formally admitted to RADA. He was seen in an Academy performance of She Stoops To Conquer and signed by a leading theatrical agent; however, at the age of 18, he was drafted for the National Service.

He was trained in the Royal Air Force, earning a Best Recruit citation of a Wing Intake of over 1200 men, trained as an aide in anesthesiology, and served in a mobile operating theatre team in Germany as part of NATO. The Royal Air Force (RAF) is the air force branch of the British Armed Forces. ... NATO 2002 Summit in Prague The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation[1] (NATO), also called the North Atlantic Alliance, the Atlantic Alliance or the Western Alliance, is an international organisation for collective security established in 1949, in support of the North Atlantic Treaty signed in Washington, DC, on 4 April 1949. ...

Early Career

In 1953, after three years in the RAF, he returned to RADA and was awarded the Academy Medal in the Annual Showing, also the sought-after prize of a year’s engagement at the doyen of British Repertory Theatres, the Liverpool Playhouse. After four years of widely-varied roles in three-weekly repertory on Merseyside side, where he also made the acquaintance of Brian Epstein, he returned to London, where he earned a high reputation in both BBC and ITV television productions (when all transmissions were live), films and theatre. In 1962, he was invited by his idol, Sir Laurence Olivier, (whom he had seen perform on stage in roles such as Oedipus, Sir Peter Teazle and Hotspur) to be a founding member of the Chichester Festival and, one year later, an Inaugural Player of the National Theatre of Great Britain, under Olivier’s direction, at the renowned Old Vic Theatre, which culminated in 1965 with Knapp’s takeover of Olivier’s star role as Tattle in Congreve’s Love For Love at the Scala Theatre prior to the now legendary visit to both Moscow and Berlin in Othello, Hobson’s Choice, and Love For Love. The Liverpool Playhouse is a theatre in Williamson Square in the city of Liverpool, England. ... Arms of the former Merseyside Metropolitan County Council Merseyside is a county, located in the North West of England. ... Brian Epstein, The Beatles manager and a force behind the groups early success. ... ITV (Independent Television) is the name popularly given to the original network of British commercial television broadcasters, set up under the Independent Television Authority (ITA) to provide competition to the BBC. In England, Wales and southern Scotland, the network has been rebranded to ITV1 by ITV plc, the owners of... Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier, OM (22 May 1907–11 July 1989) was an Academy Award, Golden Globe, BAFTA and four-time Emmy winning English actor, director, and producer. ... The Old Vic is a theatre in the Waterloo area of London. ... Location Position of Moscow in Europe Government Country District Subdivision Russia Central Federal District Federal City Mayor Yuriy Luzhkov Geographical characteristics Area  - City 1,081 km² Population  - City (2005)    - Density 10,415,400   8537. ... This article is about the capital of Germany. ...

He was invited by John Neville, Artistic Director of the Nottingham Playhouse, to tour West Africa for the British Council, along with a company including Judi Dench, who played Viola in Twelfth Night to Knapp’s Feste. The company performed in Nigeria, Ghana Sierra Leone for three months, after which Knapp found an opportunity to visit Senegal and the Ivory Coast, as well as Portugal and Spain and, finally, Rome, where at Easter he had an audience with Pope John XXIII. John Neville was a UK Theatre and film actor, popular in the 1950s but enjoying a resurgence in the 1980s as a result of his starring role in Terry Gilliams The Adventures of Baron Munchausen. ... The Nottingham Playhouse is a theatre in Nottingham. ... Dame Judith Olivia Dench, CH, DBE (born 9 December 1934) known as Dame Judi Dench, is an Academy Award-winning and Golden Globe nominated English actress. ... Twelfth Night has at least three meanings: Twelfth Night (holiday), celebrated by some Christians Twelfth Night, or What You Will, a comedic play by William Shakespeare Twelfth Night (band), a progressive rock band This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share...

In 1966, after four years with Olivier, he was again invited by John Neville to tour for the British council, this time in Southeast Asia, including, including Malaysia, Brunei, Sarawak, Singapore, Hong Kong, and, finally, the Philippines, where the company performed under the patronage of Imelda Marcos in her new Performing Arts Center of Manila. He then visited Japan of his own accord, where for four and one-half months, he worked as a consultant with the Kumo Gekidan of Tokyo on the world premiere of The Golden Land, (a play about the persecution of Christian missionaries and their converts in the early 17th century Nippon, by Endo Shusaku), touring throughout southern Japan with the company by local train with communal accommodations in small inns and hot spring spas. State motto: United, Industrious, Dedicated (Malay: Bersatu, Berusaha, Berbakti ) Capital Kuching Governor T.Y.T Tun Datuk Patinggi Abang Muhammad Salahuddin Chief Minister Y.A.B. Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Haji Abdul Taib Bin Mahmud / Pehin Sri Dr. Hj. ... Imelda Romuáldez Marcos (born July 2, 1929 in Manila) is a former First Lady and erstwhile powerful political figure in the Philippines. ... Tokyo , literally Eastern capital)   is the seat of the Japanese government and the Imperial Palace, the home of the Japanese Imperial Family, and the de facto[1] capital of Japan. ... Shusaku Endō (遠藤 周作 Endō Shusaku, March 27, 1923 - September 29, 1996) was a renowned 20th Century Japanese author who wrote from a unique perspective of being a Roman Catholic Japanese. ...

In the summer of 1966, he was summoned back to England to join John Neville’s Nottingham Playhouse company, spending two years with Neville and a brilliant young American associate director, Michael Rudman, playing a succession of leading roles, including Oberon, Tony Lumpkin, and Octavius in both Julius Caesar and Antony And Cleopatra, as well as Rodrigo to the Othello of Robert Ryan and John Neville’s Iago. Gaius Julius Caesar[1] (Latin pronunciation ; English pronunciation ; July 12 or July 13, 100 BC – March 15, 44 BC), often simply called Julius Caesar, was a Roman military and political leader and one of the most influential men in world history. ... Antony and Cleopatra is an historical tragedy by William Shakespeare, first performed in 1607 or 1608 and printed in the First Folio, 1623. ...

In 1968, sponsored by Olivier, he received a Churchill Fellowship in the Performance Arts of Japan and was off to Tokyo, via Elsinore, Athens, Mykonos, Istanbul, Isfahan, Shiraz, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong and Manila for nine months, with a Berlitz crash course in Japanese and generous introductions to star actors, choreographers and scholars for the study of Kabuki, Noh and, in particular, with the legendary “Charlie Chaplin” of Kyogen, Nomura Manzo. He was to return to Japan many times over the next twenty-five years to direct a score of Japanese language productions, mostly of Shakespeare, often in partnership with Yamazaki Tsutomu, and where he introduced to Tokyo audiences, in a trio of roles, Watanabe Ken. Tsutomu Yamazaki (山崎 努 Yamazaki Tsutomu) (born December 2, 1936 in Chiba, Japan) is a Japanese actor. ... Ken Watanabe , born October 21, 1959) is an Oscar-nominated Japanese theater, TV, and film actor. ...

"Hawaii's World Class Actor"

In Tokyo, Knapp met the distinguished Kabuki scholar, Dr. Earle Ernst, the founding Chairman of the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Kennedy Theatre, designed by I.M Pei. In 1970, Knapp was invited by Dr. Ernst to go to Hawaii as a Visiting Professor to create a Performance and Production program, focusing particularly on the plays of Shakespeare and other European “classical” playwrights, as well as distinguished American authors.

In 1976, Knapp directed himself in the titular role in Aldyth Morris' Damien, a one-man show about Father Damien. Damien was ultimately broadcast nationally on PBS and won the following awards: George Peabody, Ohio State, Christopher awards for author and director, Corporation for Public Broadcasting Honorable Mention for Drama, and the National Association of Educational Broadcasters Award for Art Directing. In addition, he was recognized by the Hawai’i State Legislature as Hawai’i’s Adopted World Class Actor for this role. For the other uses of Damien, see Damien (disambiguation). ... Father Damien, formally Joseph (Jozef) de Veuster, SS.CC. and Blessed Damien of Molokai (January 3, 1840, Tremelo – April 15, 1889, Molokai), was a Belgian Catholic missionary of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary who is revered primarily by Hawaii residents and Christians for having dedicated... PBS re-directs here; for alternate uses see PBS (disambiguation) PBS logo The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) is a non-profit public broadcasting television service with 349 member TV stations in the United States. ...

Professor Knapp received the University of Hawaii at Manoa's Board of Regents Medal for Excellence in Teaching in 1977. He remains at the University as Emeritus Professor after 35 years of teaching, after being named as one of the Fabulous Ninety Faculty in celebration of the Ninetieth Anniversary of the University.

In 2001, the Hawaii Shakespeare Festival was dedicated to Professor Knapp in perpetuity.

He continues to work in Honolulu as a mentor, a song and poetry recitalist, and an occasional performer on stage, screen and television.

Selected Stage, Screen and Television Roles

In addition to the roles mentioned above, Knapp was honored to be chosen as a member of the ensemble performance on the occasion of the seventieth birthday of Sir Noel Coward, in the presence of HRH Princess Margaret at the Theatre Royal in Drury Lane in 1970. In 1972, he performed in Beyond the Fringe under the auspices of US Army Special Services. He created a Hawaiian Monarchy version of Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte for the Hawai’i Opera Theatre, which received national recognition. He also adapted Gounoud’s Faust for young audiences, served as performer/narrator in Verdi’s Otello with the Hawai’i Opera Theatre and gave lectures from 1971-2003 for the Friends of the Hawai’i Opera Theatre in conjunction with upcoming productions. He appeared at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC in the leading role of Abbot Seigen in The Scarlet Princess Of Edo by Namboku IV and Dr. James Brandon. He is perhaps best known internationally for his many performances as Father Damien, the leper priest of Moloka’i, at the Kennedy Theatre at UH Manoa, at Kalaupapa Settlement, Moloka’i, Hawai’i, at Sophia University in Tokyo, at Manoa Valley Theatre, in a gala performance at Honolulu Hale (Honolulu City Hall), at the Historiche Damiaanstoer in Tremeloo, Belgium (Damien’s birthplace) and in the Peabody and Ohio State award-winning television production. Dr. Knapp has often appeared with the Honolulu Symphony as narrator and recitalist for such productions as Schumann’s Manfred, Honegger’s Joan At The Stake, Schoenberg’s Survivor From Warsaw, Prokofiev’s Peter And The Wolf and many Shakespeare-inspired compositions by Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky and others. Noel Coward Sir Noel Peirce Coward (December 16, 1899 – March 26, 1973) was an English actor, playwright, and composer of popular music. ... Così fan tutte is an opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. ...

Other favorite roles include Henry Higgins in Pygmalion, the title role in The Miser, and King Lear in Carol Sorgenfrei’s Cordelia Victorious, at Kennedy Theatre; Fagin in Oliver!, King Arthur in Camelot, Archie Rice (the Olivier role) in The Entertainer, Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady and Gallimard in [[M Butterfly]], all at Diamond Head Theatre, Honolulu, as well as Noel Coward in Noel And Gertie, Salieri in [[Amadeus]] and The Chairman in The Mystery Of Edwin Drood at Manoa Valley Theatre. One-man shows include Captain Cook, RN by Aldyth Morris in Hawaii and Einstein Talks Like a Regular Guy (Dowd) at the University of Capetown and the PretoriaTeknikon, South Africa, performing the Einstein piece also in Hawai’i. From 1971-2005, Knapp was the featured performer in annual Shakespeare Birthday Shows at Kennedy Theatre and from 1993-2005 performed annually at (Robert) Burns Night for the Caledonian Society of Hawai’i. Pygmalion may refer to the following: Pygmalion, a king of Tyre, brother of Queen Dido of Carthage. ... LAvare is a five-act satirical comedy by French playwright Molière. ... Oliver! is a British musical, with music and lyrics by Lionel Bart. ... Camelot is the most famous castle associated with the legendary King Arthur. ... An entertainer is someone who is hired to entertain people. ... The original poster for the Broadway production of the show designed by Al Hirschfeld My Fair Lady is a 1956 musical theater production with lyrics and book by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe. ...

Television performances, in addition to Damien, include several featured roles in the Hawaii 5-0, Magnum PI and Big Hawaii series. From 1977-1982 he regularly hosted Spectrum–Hawaii, interviewing various celebrities and distinguished artists on Hawaii Public Television (KHET).  ? Hawaii Five-O ran for twelve seasons on CBS television network. ... Magnum, P.I. was an American television show that followed the adventures of Thomas Magnum (played by Tom Selleck), a private investigator living in Hawaii. ...

Awards and Honors

  • Royal Society of Poetry, Certificate of Merit (1947)
  • Royal Academy of Dramatic Art Medal, Diploma of Distinction, Comic Mime Prize, Arliss Prose Prize, Liverpool Playhouse Scholarship and offer of H.M. Tennant One-Year Contract (1954)
  • Recipient of Churchill Medal, presented by Queen Elizabeth (1969)
  • University of Hawai’i Board of Regents Medal for Excellence in Teaching as a Senior Professor(1977)
  • Nominated by Honolulu Star-Bulletin (newspaper),as a State Cultural Treasure (1978)
  • Recipient, State of Hawai’i House of Representatives Resolution: "Hawaii’s Own Adopted World-Class Actor”, his Damien Public Broadcasting system telefilm received Peabody and Ohio State University Awards (1979);
  • Recipient, University of Hawai’i Clopton Award for Distinguished Community Service(1980)
  • Numerous Hawai’i State Theatre Council Po’okela (Excellence) Awards including Director of Romeo And Juliet, Kennedy Theatre; Lead Actor and Director, Amadeus and Best Performance in a Musical for Noel And Gertie (1986); Director, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1987)
  • Recipient, Certificate of Appreciation from Friends of the Hawai’i Opera Theatre for twenty years of lectures on opera production, lives of composers, etc. (1990);
  • Recipient of Presentation Clock in appreciation of twenty-five years of lectures for Friends of the Hawai’i Opera Theatre, Recipient, Scot of the Year Award, Caledonian Society of Hawai’i; Laureate: National Society of Arts and Letters (Hawai’i Chapter) (1995).


  • The Training Of The Young Actor In Japan, Shimbun Darts, 1974
  • Dialogue article with Donald Keene on the problems of directing in the Japanese language, Shjingekidan Kumo, 1974
  • The Kawasugi Journal, Onstage Studies, Number Six, published by the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, 1982
  • Genesis Of Damien, Hawai’i Catholic Herald, 1996
  • Hawaii’s Adopted World Class Actor (with Hilda Wane Ornitz), Xlibris Corporation, Copyright 2000.


  • Knapp, Terence with Hilda Wane Ornitz Hawaii's Adopted World Class Actor (2000)
  • Horn, Sandra - Unpublished Terence Knapp biography

External Links

  • Faculty Biography from the University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Terence Knapp at the Internet Movie Database
  • "Hawaii's Own World Class Actor" book description
  • Honolulu Star Bulletin feature about Knapp's Retirement



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