A Biographical Dictionary of Actors, Volume 13, Roach to H. by Professor Philip H Highfill Jr PhD, Professor Kalman A

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 fashionable 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 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 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, now not the least of which was once a functionality as Hamlet.

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It is likely that Frank Roberts was related to Francis Roberts, whose compositions were commended by Roger North in the early years of the reign of Charles 11 as closely imitating the style of Lully. Roberts, J. [fl. ], actor, singer. It is possible that the J. Roberts who was cited in the Tunbridge Wells bills in 1797 and was active there from 1795 to 1800 was the Roberts who played the Doctor in Barataria on 18 August 1788 at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth. That Roberts seems to have been the one who was named in a Richmond, Surrey, playbill on 13 July 1789 as participating in The Beggar's Opera and The Author.

Acting with her at Richmond was her husband, and they both appeared at Pinkethman's booth at Bartholomew Fair on 22 August, she taking the role of the Widow in The Blind Beggar. The song Gay Myra, published about 1725, cited Mrs Roberts as the singer. On 1 April 1726 a benefit concert was held for her at Hickford's Music Room, after which there was no mention of her in theatrical records until 9 September 1726, when the names of Mr and Mrs Roberts were ordered dropped from the Drury Lane payroll.

Robertson and McDonald. For the last time in this city Mr. Robertson will perform the wonderful leaps over the heads of twenty soldiers, with guns and fixed bayonets. Mr. Robertson will leap through a bal- loon of fire, fourteen feet high from the stage {and} then will perform the phenomenon called THE ANTIPODEAN WHIRLIGIG in which he will whirl round on his head at the rate of 250 times in a minute, without the assist- ance of his handsand fireworks attached to dif- ferent parts of his body. To which will be added Mr.

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