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

ISBN-10: 0809315254

ISBN-13: 9780809315253

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 well-liked is Susanna Rowson, a novelist, actress, and early girl playwright. even though 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 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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He will this evening introduce to the public, for the first time, A CHILD OF PROMISE, Who will perform many laughable tricks and feats, truly astonishing for one of his years. This part will conclude with the laughable scene of ROLY BOLY between Messrs. 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.

On 3 November 1770 a young gentlewoman making her second appearance on any stage (there is no record of her first) played Mrs Sullen in The Stratagem. The prompter Cross identified her as Mrs Roberts. She played the role again on 8 November, after which she acted no more at Drury Lane. Our guess is that she was the Miss Roberts who turned up at the Haymarket Theatre on 21 November 1770 to play Lady Randolph (with the original Scots music) in Douglas and Kate in The Miller of Mansfield. On 19 December she acted Almena in The Mourning Bride and Huncamunca in Tom Thumb, and on 28 January 1771 she was seen as Calista in The Fair Penitent.

Roberts's tenure as acting treasurer, then, lasted from 1693 to April 1695. He presumably returned to his post as numberer, but there is no other reference to him in discovered documents. Robertson. See also ROBINSON. Robertson, Mr [fl. 1760], prompter. A Mr Robertson was entered on the roster of Covent Garden Theatre on 22 September 1760 as an assistant prompter at a salary of 1s. 6d. per day. Robertson, Mr [fl. 1767], house servant? A Mr Robertson, whose duties are not known, shared a benefit at Drury Lane Theatre with two boxkeepers, Cridland and Foley, on 30 May 1767.

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