By Professor Philip H Highfill Jr PhD, Professor Kalman A Burnim PhD, Edward A. Langhans
Just like the works already released, those most up-to-date 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 admired is Susanna Rowson, a novelist, actress, and early lady playwright. even if born right into a British army relatives, 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 affliction and the deaths of 5 of her seven kids. 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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Since there is some uncertainty about the place of death, perhaps the actress was Mary Roberts, late of the cloisters in the parish of St Bartholomew the Less, London, whose estate was administered on 28 October 1797. Her son George Roberts was her executor. Roberts, Percy [fl. 17951803], singer. Wewitzer's Pocket-Book (1814) states that Percy Roberts made his debut at the Haymarket Theatre in 1795; no playbill has been found to prove that assertion. Percy sang "The Negro Boy" at the Royal Circus on 15 November 1803.
They were scheduled to perform every day after Christmas except Sundays and holidays, but how long they stayed is not known. Roberts, Mr [fl. 17341740], dancer. If we have correctly identified the performers named Roberts in the 1730s, there were three: John Roberts, primarily an actor, Ellis Roberts, primarily a singer, and a dancer Roberts, Christian name unknown. In 173435 John was acting at Covent Garden Theatre; the other two were at Drury Lane. We believe Roberts the dancer was the one who played Trebelino and Jupiter in Cupid and Psyche (later called Columbine Courtezan) on 5 October 1734 and subsequent dates at Drury Lane, Milcha in The Tempest beginning 22 October, and Mercury in Harlequin Orpheus from 3 March to 26 April 1735.
Robertson, Mr [fl. 1780], actor. A Mr Robertson had some role unspecified in a specially licensed benefit performance of A School for Ladies; or, The Levee of Lovers, at the Haymarket Theatre on 5 April 1780. Robertson, Mr [fl. ], scene painter, actor? The Mr Robertson who was called scene painter at Astley's Amphitheatre, Westminster Bridge, on the bill of 4 September 1789 was conceivably the Robertson who painted scenes for The Castle Spectre at Derby in 1798. He may even have been that Robertson who appears on the Chesterfield bill of 17 January 1800 both Page 14 as painter of the scenery for Pizarro and as an actor.