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(1812—1870) novelist

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Adah Isaacs Menken

Adah Isaacs Menken  

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(1835–69), actress.Although her real name was later given variously as Ada McCord, Adelaide McCord, and Dolores Adios Fuertes, this flamboyant, controversial performer, who was the most famous of all ...
Adelphi Theatre

Adelphi Theatre  

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A theatre on the Strand, London, in what is now the West End. Originally the Sans Pareil, it opened as the Adelphi in 1818. Rebuilt in 1858, 1901, and 1930 ...
Albert Smith

Albert Smith  

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(1816–60)English performer and writer who began his career as a journalist, contributor to Punch, and author of theatrical extravaganzas. His 1850 performance The Overland Mail initiated a series of ...
Albery Theatre

Albery Theatre  

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London, in St Martin's Lane, seating 900, built for Charles Wyndham, who opened it in 1903 as the New Theatre with a revival of Parker and Carson's Rosemary, after which ...
American Conservatory Theatre

American Conservatory Theatre  

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(ACT)Founded in 1965 in Pittsburgh by director William Ball, it moved the following year to Stanford University before finding a permanent home at San Francisco's Geary Theater in 1967 ...
Astley's Amphitheatre

Astley's Amphitheatre  

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A theatrical entertainment, regarded as the first modern circus, founded in London in 1770 by the English theatrical manager and former soldier Philip Astley (1742–1814). By 1798 he was allowed to ...
Barry Jackson

Barry Jackson  

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(1879–1961)English director and manager. Trained as an architect, Jackson was heir to a fortune derived from one of the leading grocery firms in the Midlands. In 1907 he founded ...
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benefit  

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The twentieth century saw a shift away from the traditional benefit performance that dates back to the late seventeenth century and provided additional income for individuals (actors, managers, ...
Benjamin Webster

Benjamin Webster  

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(1797–1882)English actor, manager, playwright, and member of a theatrical family. Webster started his career playing Harlequin and Pantaloon in pantomime before joining Vestris's company at the ...
Billy Florence

Billy Florence  

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(1831–91)American actor. Born in Albany as Bernard Conlin, in 1849 he made his stage debut in Richmond, Virginia, playing Tobias in Dunlap's The Stranger. His New York bow came ...
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busker  

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Form of street entertainer dating back to Roman times and subsequently to the goliards, troubadours, minstrels, mountebanks, acrobats, puppeteers, and commedia dell'arte performers of the middle ...
Charles Albert Fechter

Charles Albert Fechter  

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(1824–79)French actor and manager. Fechter acted in English, with a strong accent, as well as in French. He first appeared with the Comédie-Française in 1840 and rapidly became a ...
Charlotte Cushman

Charlotte Cushman  

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(1816–76)American actress of international fame. Known for her breeches roles and female grotesques, Cushman often used her muscular body and unusual voice to create a masculine persona on stage ...
City of London Theatre

City of London Theatre  

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In Norton Folgate, adjoining Bishopsgate, designed by Samuel Beazley and seating 2,500, opened in 1837 with a dramatization of Dickens's Pickwick Papers before the book had completed its first serial ...
Clarkson Stanfield

Clarkson Stanfield  

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(b Sunderland, 3 Dec. 1793; d London, 18 May 1867).English painter, best known for his marine subjects. From 1808 to 1816 he was a sailor, mainly in the merchant service, although he was in the Royal ...
Dickens, Charles

Dickens, Charles   Reference library

Frances Dann

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

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(1812–70)

English writer and performer. In 1832 Dickens, having taken lessons from Robert Keeley, made an appointment to ...

Dickens, Charles

Dickens, Charles   Reference library

The Companion to Theatre and Performance

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(1812–70) English writer and performer. In 1832 Dickens planned to audition before Charles *Kemble. But Dickens caught a cold, the audition was cancelled, and he made his career ... More
Dickens, Charles John Huffam

Dickens, Charles John Huffam   Reference library

The Concise Oxford Companion to the Theatre (2 ed.)

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(1812–70), the great English novelist, was all his life intimately connected with the stage and had an immense influence on it through the numerous dramatizations of his books. ... More
Dion Boucicault

Dion Boucicault  

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(1820–90),playwright, achieved great success with his comedy London Assurance (1841), written under the pseudonym of Lee Morton. He subsequently wrote and adapted some 200 plays, including The ...
Edward Smith Willard

Edward Smith Willard  

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(1853–1915), actor.The English performer, celebrated for his portrayal of villains, made his mark in America as the vengeful potter Cyrus Blenkarn in The Middleman (1890), a role to which ...

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