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Ivor Brown

revised by Marc Brodie

Agate, James Evershed (1877–1947), drama critic, was born at Pendleton, Lancashire, on 9 September 1877, the eldest of the five sons and one daughter of Charles James Agate (1832–1909), cotton manufacturer's agent, and his wife, Eulalie Julia Young, daughter of a widowed piano teacher. Although generally regarded during his lifetime as the writer from ...

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James Evershed Agate (1877–1947) by Howard Coster, 1934 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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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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Bradby, David Henry (1942–2011), theatre scholar and translator, was born on 27 February 1942 in Colombo, Ceylon, the son of Edward Lawrence Bradby (1907–1996), the last European principal of Royal College, Colombo, and his wife, Bertha, née Woodall (1914–1999). After Ceylon won independence in 1948 the family settled back in the ...

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Sydney C. Roberts

revised by Annette Peach

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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Collier, Jeremy (1650–1726), anti-theatrical polemicist and bishop of the nonjuring Church of England, was born on 23 September 1650 at Stow-cum-Quy, Cambridgeshire, son of Jeremy Collier, a fellow of St John's College, Cambridge, under the Commonwealth, and at the time of Collier's birth master of ...

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Jeremy Collier (1650–1726) by William Faithorne the younger (after Edmond Lilly) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Downes, John (d. 1712?), theatre prompter and historian, is first heard of in June 1661 when he took the part of Haly in the première performance of part 1 of Sir William Davenant's The Siege of Rhodes at the opening of the Lincoln's Inn Fields Theatre...

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J. C. Trewin

revised by Sayoni Basu

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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Genest, John (1764–1839), theatre historian and Church of England clergyman, was the second son of John Genest of Dunkeswell, Devon. He was educated at Westminster School, London, was entered on 9 May 1780 as a pensioner at Trinity College, Cambridge, and graduated BA in 1784 and MA in 1787. While at ...

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Gosson, Stephen (bap. 1554, d. 1625), anti-theatrical polemicist and Church of England clergyman, was baptized as the eldest son and second child of Cornelius Gosson and Agnes Oxenbridge on 17 April 1554 in the church of St George the Martyr, Canterbury, Kent. His father was a joiner who emigrated from the ...

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Grein, Jacob Thomas [Jack] (1862–1935), drama critic and impresario, was born on 11 October 1862 in Amsterdam, the elder son of Jacob Herman Grein (fl. 1840–1888), merchant, and his wife, Frances (d. 1920), daughter of Dr Thomas Davids of Amsterdam and his wife, ...

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Trewin, John Courtenay (1908–1990), writer and drama critic, was born on 4 December 1908 at 15 Woodford Villas, Plymouth, Devon, the only son of Captain John Trewin (1858–1932), master mariner, and his wife, Annie James (1865–1942). Both parents were natives of Cornwall, and with two older sisters he spent his childhood at ...