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David Douglass

(d. 1786)

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American Company

American Company  

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Small troupe of professional actors which had the elder Hallam's widow as leading lady and his son Lewis as leading man. The name was first used in a notice of ...
Baltimore

Baltimore  

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American centre of furniture production. In the early 19th century Baltimore, MD, emerged as an important centre for the design and production of furniture. From 1800 until 1812, when the ...
Charleston

Charleston  

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A city and port in South Carolina; the bombardment in 1861 of Fort Sumter, in the harbour, by Confederate troops marked the beginning of the American Civil War.The charleston, a lively dance of the ...
Douglas

Douglas  

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A romantic tragedy by J. Home, based on a Scottish ballad, and first performed in Edinburgh in 1756.Old Norval, a shepherd, brings up the infant son of Douglas, supposed dead by his mother, now Lady ...
Douglass, David

Douglass, David (1786)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to American Theatre (3 ed.)

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The Englishman began his theatrical career when, at the last minute, he was selected to supervise a new company to

Douglass, David

Douglass, David   Reference library

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

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(?–1786), American actor-manager who in 1758 met and married the widow of the elder Hallam in Jamaica. Amalgamating his actors with hers, he took them back to New York, named ... More
Douglass, David

Douglass, David   Reference library

Peter Davis

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

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(d.1786) Anglo-American actor-manager. Although little is known of his early life, it seems that Douglass first appeared in Jamaica in the late 1740s as part of an English troupe ... More
families in the theatre

families in the theatre  

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A frequently essential element of the organizational structure of the theatre has been the family. At the lowest and most durable economic level of theatrical activity, the strolling troupe, the ...
Greville

Greville  

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[first name and dates unknown], actor.He is said to have been a student at Princeton who abandoned his studies to join David Douglass's company at the John Street Theatre ...
Hallam family

Hallam family  

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The Hallams were a well-known theatrical family in early eighteenth-century London. Adam Hallam regularly maintained a booth in Bartholomew Fair and appears as a character tumbling from a platform in ...
Henry IV

Henry IV  

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A: William Shakespeare Pf: (1) c.1596–7, London; (2) c.1597–8, London Pb: (1) 1598; (2) 1600 G: Hist. dramas, each in 5 acts; blank verse and prose S: England and Wales, 1401–13 C: (1) 19m, 3f, ...
John Henry

John Henry  

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(1738–94)Irish actor. Despite a promising debut at Covent Garden in 1762, Henry soon left London for Jamaica where he married Helen Storer and perhaps acted. In 1766 he joined ...
John Street Theatre

John Street Theatre  

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Built by David Douglass in 1767, as part of a chain of theatres for the American Company, it was New York's leading playhouse for 30 years. Located near Broadway, it ...
Lewis Hallam

Lewis Hallam  

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(1714–56),English actor closely connected with the establishment of the professional theatre in the United States. Son of the actor Adam Hallam, he had already had considerable experience on the ...
Lewis Hallam, Jr.

Lewis Hallam, Jr.  

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(c.1740–1808),son of the above, who went with his father to Williamsburg in 1752 and in 1757 became leading man of the combined companies of his mother and stepfather, going ...
Miss Cheer

Miss Cheer  

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(fl. 2nd half 18th century), actress.Little is known about this performer, who for a brief period of time was a reigning favorite on American stages. She apparently made her ...
Mrs. Lewis Hallam

Mrs. Lewis Hallam  

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(d. 1773), actress.Already established as an actress of some small importance in London, she came with her husband to America in 1752. Ireland described her as “a woman of ...
Philadelphia

Philadelphia  

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American centre of furniture production. Before 1700 Philadelphia patronage supported London-trained cabinetmakers, chairmakers, upholsterers and gilders. Walnut-wood, used only as a veneer in London ...
Prince of Parthia

Prince of Parthia  

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(1767),a tragedy by Thomas Godfrey. [Southwark Theatre (Philadelphia), 1 perf.] Vardanes (Mr. Tomlinson) plots to turn his father, King Artabanus (David Douglass), against his brother Arsaces (Lewis ...
Southwark Theatre

Southwark Theatre  

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The first permanent playhouse in America, the Southwark was built in 1766 by David Douglass in Philadelphia. Though located outside the city limits, its opening brought a lengthy anti-theatrical ...

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