Alfred Emmet, 82, a leading amateur theater impresario famed for having introduced foreign works to British audiences, died Jan. 16 in Cirencester, England.

In 1933 he founded the Questors Theater Co., a London-based amateur group that he ran until his retirement in 1969. The company helped develop such future names as Alec Guinness, Michael Redgrave and Judi Dench.

Emmet also was noted for pioneering ways of staging plays and was one of the first in the U.K. to stage a show in the round.

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