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 well-known is Susanna Rowson, a novelist, actress, and early lady playwright. even though born right into a British army kin, Rowson usually 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 disease and the deaths of 5 of her seven young children. 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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Early manuscripts of Henry Purcell's "Sound the trumpet, beat the drum" mention a Mr Roberts as one of the singers. The work was a birthday song for James II and was first performed on 14 October 1687. There is no certainty that Roberts participated on that date, but it is likely. Roberts sang the Queen's birthday ode on 30 April 1690 and again on 30 April 1693. James Brydges wrote in his Diary on 23 March 1698: "I went to Mr Roberts's, who had a consort of musick, Mr Frank Roberts Mr Banister, la Riche Mr Shore, &c.
The London Stage calls the boxkeeper Roberts at Goodman's Fields Theatre in 173334 John Roberts, though the benefit bill cited for him on 17 May 1734 does not supply a Christian Page 13 name. He was a boxkeeper at Goodman's Fields from as early as 172930 through 173536, after which he moved with Henry Giffard's troupe to Lincoln's Inn Fields playhouse in 173637. He died, according to the Daily Post, on 13 November 1738. Mrs John Roberts the actress was at Goodman's Fields and Lincoln's Inn Fields during the same period, but her husband John was an actor, not the boxkeeper.
The bills usually, but not always, distinguished the performers, so we cannot always be certain we have the correct Roberts. John, judging by the parts we know he played before other men named Roberts appeared on the scene, seems to have restricted himself to straight plays, both comedies and tragedies, and occasional musical pieces. Among John's new parts at Drury Lane from the fall of 1729 to the spring of 1734 were Hunter in The Beggar's Wedding, Old Apeall in The Humours of Oxford, Aeschylus in Timoleon, Narva in Sophonisba, Tranio in Amphitryon, Basil in The Stage Coach Opera, Odmar in The Indian Emperor, Pedro in The Rover, a Sailor in The Fair Quaker, Prospero in The Tempest, Corydon in Damon and Phillida, Barnwell Senior in The London Merchant, Scentwell in The Jovial Crew, Apollo in Bayes's Opera, Valentine in The Page 9 Devil to Pay, Leathersides in The Covent Garden Tragedy, Pylades in The Distrest Mother, Harry and Hellebore in The Mock Doctor, a Player in The Beggar's Opera, Gloster in Jane Shore, Lavinio in The Devil of a Duke, Old Jourdain in The Old Debauchees, Marcus in Cato, Douglas and Worcester in 1 Henry IV, Omar and Moneses in Tamerlane, Acasto in The Orphan, Horatio in Hamlet, Burleigh in The Unhappy Favorite, Clerimont in The Tender Husband, Cecil in The Albion Queens, Clarimont in The Double Gallant, Sealand in The Conscious Lovers, Vainlove in The Old Bachelor, the Bailiff in The Tragedy of Tragedies, Varances and the title role in Theodosius, Renault in Venice Preserv'd, Cunningham in The Amorous Widow, Bertran in The Spanish Fryar, Richard III (on 17 October 1733), Balance in The Recruiting Officer, Wolsey in Henry VIII, Blandford in Oroonoko, Carlos in Love Makes a Man, and Blunt in The Committee.
A Biographical Dictionary of Actors, Volume 13, Roach to H. Siddons: 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