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Archer, William (1856–1924), theatre critic and journalist, was born at 6 North Methven Street, Perth, Scotland, on 23 September 1856, the eldest son of the nine children of Thomas Archer (1823–1905) of Glasgow and his wife, Grace Lindsay Morison (1832–1911), the daughter of ...

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William Archer (1856–1924) by Sir Emery Walker, 1891 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sydney C. Roberts

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Child, Harold Hannyngton (1869–1945), writer and theatre critic, was born at Gloucester on 20 June 1869, the second son of the Revd Thomas Hannyngton Irving Child, afterwards rector of Stratton, Gloucestershire, and his wife, Florence, daughter of Thomas Crossman, solicitor, of Thornbury, Gloucestershire...

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J. C. Trewin

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Dukes, Ashley (1885–1959), playwright and theatre critic, was born on 29 May 1885 at Bridgwater, Somerset, the son of the Revd Edwin Joshua Dukes, Congregational minister, and his wife, Edith Mary Pope. Educated at Silcoates School, Yorkshire, he graduated in science at Manchester University...

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Hobson, Sir Harold (1904–1992), theatre critic, was born on 4 August 1904 in Thorpe Hesley, near Rotherham, Yorkshire, the only son of Jacob Hobson, miner, and later insurance agent, and his wife, Minnie, née McKegg. Although left disabled by polio in his eighth year and largely educated at home by his working-class parents, who brought him large quantities of books from the public library, he recovered sufficiently to attend ...

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Scott, Clement William (1841–1904), theatre critic, was born in London on 6 October 1841, the son of William Scott, a parish curate, and his wife, Margaret, the daughter of William Beloe. Following education at a private school in London and at Marlborough College...

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Clement William Scott (1841–1904) by Walery, c. 1890 © National Portrait Gallery, London