By Professor Philip H Highfill Jr PhD, Professor Kalman A Burnim PhD, Edward A. Langhans
Just like the works already released, those newest 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 famous is Susanna Rowson, a novelist, actress, and early lady playwright. even supposing born right into a British army kin, Rowson usually wrote performs that handled patriotic American topics 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 persisted a lot tragedy herself, together with a crippling debilitating disorder and the deaths of 5 of her seven little ones. Siddons performed significant roles in either comedy and tragedy, now not the least of which used to be a functionality as Hamlet.
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Sheridan (with his father Tom as acting coach), to bring Sarah back to London. Both Sheridans saw her act at Bath, and the enormous popular and artistic success she garnered there could hardly be ignored much longer. So Mrs Siddons decided to leave the comfort and security of Bath to accept an offer of ten guineas per week and venture once more into the capital. At her final Bath benefit on 21 May 1782 she acted Hermione in The Distrest Mother and Nell in The Devil to Pay. An interlude entertainment called a Holiday Fête was also offered.
In the spring of 1766 when John Ward retired to Leominster, Roger Kemble took over the management of the company. " While at Mrs Harris's school for young ladies, called Thornlea House, in Worcester, young Sarah received some rebuffs because she was the child of a stroller, but she displayed talent and resourcefulness in school theatricals. Though Roger Kemble wished for none of his children to go upon the stage, each surviving one did, and all except Frances married performers. The well-known playbill of a performance of Charles the First at the King's Head, Worcester, on 12 February 1767 records five Kembles in the cast: Roger as Colonel Fairfax, Mrs Kemble as Lucy Fairfax, John Philip as the Duke of York, Frances as the Duke of Gloucester, and Sarah as Princess Elizabeth.
They played Coventry in September and October 1768 and then were again in Worcester from November to February 1769. The following month they were at Wolverhampton. Sarah performed at Warwick in January 1770 and at Coventry in February. In 1770 Sarah was taken off the stage and sent to serve the widowed Lady Mary Greatheed at Guy's Cliffe in Warwick, first as maid and then as companion, at £10 per year. She remained in that situation almost two years. In her later years, Sarah often returned to Guy's Cliffe.
A Biographical Dictionary of Actors, Volume 14, S. Siddons to Thynne: Actresses, Musicians, Dancers, Managers, and Other Stage Personnel in London, 1660-1800 by Professor Philip H Highfill Jr PhD, Professor Kalman A Burnim PhD, Edward A. Langhans