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 take care of 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 girl playwright. even though born right into a British army relations, 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 teenagers. Siddons performed significant roles in either comedy and tragedy, no longer the least of which used to be a functionality as Hamlet.
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Daily at the playhouse, though he asked for £1 when he petitioned for the post. His season salary as of about December 1707 was £25. Roberts was variously cited as a second treble, second violin, and "Ripieni" (ripieno) violin. By 1711 he was earning 10s. daily at the theatre. The Lord Chamberlain's accounts mentioned Roberts as a member of the King's Musick regularly to 17 February 1721, when he was reported dead and was replaced by Thomas Jackson. Roberts, William [fl. 16931695], numberer, treasurer.
In addition to Constantia she is known to have appeared as Lady Harriet in The Masquerade, Sylvia in The Old Bachelor, Teraminta in The Wife's Relief, Isabella in The Perjuror, Flavia in The Coquet, Phillis in The Lucky Chance, Clarinda and Necessary in Woman's a Riddle, Florella in Sir Walter Raleigh, Arabella in The Younger Brother, Betty in 'Tis Well if It Takes, Belinda in The Fair Quaker, Teresia in The Squire of Alsatia, Vapours in The Pretenders, Teresa in The Spanish Fryar, Jane in The Half Pay Officers, Betty in Hob's Wedding, Maria in Whig and Tory, and Flippanta in The Confederacy.
Ellis was a Chasseur in The Royal Chace at Covent Garden Theatre on 23 January 1736. The Roberts who acted in some of Fielding's productions at the Haymarket in the spring of 1735 was more likely John; the dancer Roberts was at Drury Lane. Ellis Roberts was certainly at Covent Garden on 27 March, singing his "Mock Italian Song," and at Lincoln's Inn Fields on 31 March and subsequent dates he sang between the acts. At Covent Garden in May he was advertised as E. Roberts, and the Roberts who was Endymion in The Royal Chace on 3 June was probably Ellis, as, we believe, was the Roberts playing in The Cheats of Scapin at Bartholomew Fair in August.