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Albert Chevalier

Albert Chevalier  

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(1862–1923)English actor, music-hall singer, and lyricist. The son of a schoolteacher, his first success was on the legitimate stage with the Bancrofts in 1877. Out of work, he was ...
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 ...
drama schools

drama schools  

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In Britain‘Actors are born, not made’ is an oft-quoted maxim; but there is no doubt that any actor or actress, whatever natural gifts he or she may possess, can ...
Ellen Terry

Ellen Terry  

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(1847–1928),celebrated actress. She was H. Irving's leading lady during his brilliant management of the Lyceum Theatre.
Haymarket Theatre

Haymarket Theatre  

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Playhouse at one time located in the Haymarket, London, but not to be confused with the existing Theatre Royal, Haymarket. Originally the Queen's Theatre, it was built by John Vanbrugh ...
John Hare

John Hare  

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(1844–1921)English actor and manager. Hare obtained a position in 1865 with Marie Wilton at the Prince of Wales's in London, playing in all six Robertson comedies produced there and ...
Johnston Forbes-Robertson

Johnston Forbes-Robertson  

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(b. London, 16 Jan. 1853; d. St Margaret's Bay, Dover, Kent, 6 Nov. 1937)Actor–manager. Forbes-Robertson first made a name for himself in Gilbert's Dan'l Druce, Blacksmith (1876). His fine ...
Lambs

Lambs  

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London supper club founded in the 1860s by a group which included Squire Bancroft, John Hare, and Henry Irving. Limited to 24 members under a chairman known as the Shepherd ...
Lillie Langtry

Lillie Langtry  

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(1853–1929)British actress. In 1881 she separated from her husband, and in the same year became one of the first society ladies to appear on the professional stage when she ...
Madge Kendal

Madge Kendal  

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) (1848–1935) and(1843–1917)English husband and wife actors, active from 1874 until 1908. Before their marriage in 1869, Madge Robertson's theatrical career had been considerable. She had trained at ...
Marie Wilton

Marie Wilton  

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(1839–1919)English actress and manager. She became a star in burlesque in the 1850s in London. Lively and petite, she was also cast in saucy boys' parts, being much admired ...
nineteenth-century theatre, its influence in the twentieth century

nineteenth-century theatre, its influence in the twentieth century  

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Stylistic change in art is often misinterpreted as progress. Every generation thinks its greatest actors more ‘natural’ than their predecessors. Nineteenth-century acting has been as rejected as ...
Prince of Wales Theatre

Prince of Wales Theatre  

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A London playhouse off Tottenham Court Road, originally opened as a theatre in 1810. Before Marie Wilton took it over in 1865 it had been, variously, the Tottenham Street Theatre ...
Scala Theatre

Scala Theatre  

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London, in Tottenham Street, Tottenham Court Road. This opened as the King's Concert Rooms in 1772 and in 1802, as the Cognoscenti Theatre, became the headquarters of a private theatrical ...
Sir Arthur Wing Pinero

Sir Arthur Wing Pinero  

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(1855–1934),began as an actor, and was noticed by H. Irving who later produced some of his plays. His first one‐act play, Two Hundred a Year, was performed in 1877. The first of his farces, The ...
T. W. Robertson

T. W. Robertson  

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(1829–71),English dramatist, eldest of the 22 children of an actor. Several of his brothers and sisters were on the stage, the most famous being the youngest girl Madge who ...
Terry family

Terry family  

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English theatre dynasty, embracing the descendants of the English provincial actors Benjamin Terry (1818–96) and Sarah Ballard (1817–92). Usually the successes of this family are measured by the ...
West End

West End  

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London's commercial theatre district: an area bounded by Soho, Aldwych, Piccadilly and Westminster to the west (hence its name) of the city. When Sir Squire and Lady Bancroft bought a ...

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