By Professor Philip H Highfill Jr PhD, Professor Kalman A Burnim PhD, Edward A. Langhans
Just like the works already released, those most modern volumes of the Biographical Dictionary care for theatre humans of each ilk, starting from dressers and one-performance actors to trumpeter John Shore (inventor of the tuning fork) and the incomparable Sarah Siddons.Also favourite is Susanna Rowson, a novelist, actress, and early lady playwright. even if born right into a British army kin, Rowson usually wrote performs that handled patriotic American issues and spent a lot of her occupation at the American stage.The theatrical jewel of those volumes is the "divine Sarah" Siddons: "She raised the tragedy to the skies," wrote William Hazlitt, and "embodied to our mind's eye the fables of mythology, of the heroic and dignified mortals of elder time." She continued a lot tragedy herself, together with a crippling debilitating disorder and the deaths of 5 of her seven childrens. Siddons performed significant roles in either comedy and tragedy, no longer the least of which was once a functionality as Hamlet.
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1662], musician. Henry Robert (or Roberts) was admitted to the King's Musick on 4 November 1662 as a musician in ordinary for the lute, viol, and voice, but he was not to have a salary until the death of his father Anthony. Perhaps the elder Robert was ill at the time, but he lived on to 1679. Robert, William [fl. ], singer. A Lord Chamberlain's warrant dated 24 April 1699 directed that clothing for William Robert, a former Chapel boy whose voice had broken, was to be provided John Blow, the Master of the Children of the Chapel Royal.
A Mrs Roberts played Miranda in The Tempest at Southwark Fair on 7 September 1748. Perhaps she was the Mrs Roberts who was paid £1 by Drury Lane Theatre on 19 April 1750 and was noted as "omitted Wednesday" (the day before, when The Alchemist and The Anatomist were performed). She may also have been the Mrs Roberts who acted at the Smock Alley Theatre in Dublin in 175354. Roberts, Mrs [fl. 1770]. ] [fl. ]. Roberts, Miss, later Mrs Cooper, then Mrs John Bernard the first. See BERNARD, JOHN. Roberts, Miss [fl.
Beginning in 173132 Mrs Roberts pursued her stage career apart from her husband, at the Goodman's Fields Theatre, where she acted through 173536. Her new parts there included Millwood in The London Merchant (her first appearance, on 27 September 1731), Lady Graveairs in The Careless Husband, Phillida in Damon and Phillida, Jenny in The Provok'd Husband, the title role in Flora, Lucy in The Lover's Opera, Silvia in The Recruiting Officer, Arabella in The Fair Quaker of Deal, Mrs Frail and Prue in Love for Love, the Queen in The Spanish Fryar, Alicia in Jane Shore, Belinda in The Old Bachelor, Oriana in The Inconstant, Hellena in The Rover, Hermione in The Distrest Mother, Nell in The Devil to Pay, Zara in The Mourning Bride, Charlotte in Oroonoko, the Countess of Nottingham in The Unhappy Favorite, Louisa in Love Makes a Man, Ruth in The Committee, Ophelia in Hamlet, Jenny in The Footman, Queen Elizabeth in Richard III, Mrs Clerimont in The Tender Husband, Selima in Tamerlane, Alinda in The Pilgrim, Colombine in Harlequin's Contrivance, Isabella in The Stage Coach Opera, Macheath and Lucy in The Beggar's Opera, Lady Sadlife and Lady Wronghead in The Provok'd Husband, Mrs Ford in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Lady Macbeth, Lady Brumpton in The Funeral, Margaretta in Rule a Wife and Have a Wife, Jacinta in The Mistake, Pulcheria in Theodosius, Alibech in The Indian Emperor, the title role in Britannia, Lavinia in The Fair Penitent, Flora in The Wonder, Hoyden and Berinthia in The Relapse, Portia in Julius Caesar, Arpasia in Tamerlane, Jocasta in Oedipus, Lady Easy in The Careless Husband, Hillaria in Tunbridge Walks, and Lucy in The Lover His Own Rival.