By Professor Philip H Highfill Jr PhD, Professor Kalman A Burnim PhD, Edward A. Langhans
Just like the works already released, those most recent 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 popular is Susanna Rowson, a novelist, actress, and early lady playwright. even if born right into a British army kinfolk, Rowson frequently wrote performs that handled patriotic American subject matters and spent a lot of her profession 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 ailment and the deaths of 5 of her seven young ones. 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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In the spring of 1738 he danced in Le Carnaval at the St Germain fair; he was engaged by Henry Delamaine for the 1739 season and played at the St Laurent fair in late summer 1739. In 1740 Roberts danced with the Grande Troupe Etrangère. Roberts, Mr [fl. 17581777], house servant. There were a number of house servants named Roberts working at various eighteenth-century playhouses, and the bills and accounts did not always distinguish them carefully. One was the Roberts whose benefit tickets were admitted at Drury Lane Theatre on 17 May 1758 and who was named in benefit bills annually through 19 May 1766, after which The London Stage lists him as a house servant every season through 177576 except 177374.
Mr Zachary Baggs as this defendt Beleives came in Treasurer. Roberts's tenure as acting treasurer, then, lasted from 1693 to April 1695. He presumably returned to his post as numberer, but there is no other reference to him in discovered documents. Robertson. See also ROBINSON. Robertson, Mr [fl. 1760], prompter. A Mr Robertson was entered on the roster of Covent Garden Theatre on 22 September 1760 as an assistant prompter at a salary of 1s. 6d. per day. Robertson, Mr [fl. 1767], house servant?
But her friend waited for over three years for his money; when he refused to accept only a third of it, and when Mrs Roberts asked for part of what was due her, Fleetwood refused her a benefit and then failed to pay her £350 arrears in salary. Mr Neitherside in An Impartial Examen in 1744 also criticized Fleetwood's management of Drury Lane, asking "would Not Mrs. Roberts appear well in Lady Macbeth, or the Queen in Hamlet, &c. " He also recommended her for Lady Graveairs in The Careless Husband.