By Professor Philip H Highfill Jr PhD, Professor Kalman A Burnim PhD, Edward A. Langhans

Just like the works already released, those most recent 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 supposing born right into a British army relations, 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 persevered a lot tragedy herself, together with a crippling debilitating sickness 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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Thomas Roberts was sworn a musician in ordinary in the King's Musick, replacing Thomas Clayton, on 25 March 1706, and he was cited several times in Vice Chamberlain Coke's papers (at Harvard) as a violinist at the Queen's Theatre from late 1707 to about 1713. He received 8s. 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.

Perhaps our Mr Roberts was the one who was granted a license in 1810 to present an entertainment at the Haymarket Theatre on 23 April. Roberts, Mrs [fl. ], actress. A Mrs Roberts played Miranda in The Tempest at Southwark Fair on 7 September 1748. Perhaps she was the Mrs Roberts who was paid £1 by Drury Lane Theatre on 19 April 1750 and was noted as "omitted Wednesday" (the day before, when The Alchemist and The Anatomist were performed). She may also have been the Mrs Roberts who acted at the Smock Alley Theatre in Dublin in 175354.

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.

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