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Albery, Sir Donald Arthur Rolleston (1914–1988), theatre manager, was born on 19 June 1914 at 33 Cumberland Terrace, Regent's Park, London, the elder son and second of the four children of Sir Bronson James Albery (1881–1971), theatre director, and his wife, Una Gwynn (...

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Sir Donald Arthur Rolleston Albery (1914–1988) by unknown photographer [right, with his son Ian B. Albery] © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Alexander, Sir George [real name George Alexander Gibb Samson] (1858–1918), actor and theatre manager, was born on 19 June 1858 at 1 Russell Villas, Russell Street, Reading, the eldest son in the family of at least three sons and one daughter of ...

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Sir George Alexander (1858–1918) by Ellis & Walery © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Joseph Knight

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Anderson, James Robertson (1811–1895), actor and theatre manager, was born in Glasgow on 8 May 1811, the son of an actor, John Symon Anderson. He was educated at a day school on Leith Walk, Edinburgh. He made his stage début as an infant in 1813 at the ...

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James Robertson Anderson (1811–1895) by Daniel Maclise, in or before 1840 [as Huron in Wilkins's Civil Civilization] Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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E. D. Cook

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Archer, Thomas (1789–1848), actor and theatre manager, was born in Bath, the son of a watchmaker. He gained experience at Bath and Birmingham, and he made his London début at Drury Lane on 30 October 1823, as the King in the 1 Henry IV...

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Arnold, Samuel James (1774–1852), playwright and theatre manager, was born at Rathbone Place, London, on 5 December 1774, the son of Samuel Arnold (1740–1802), composer, and his wife, Mary Ann Napier. After attending King's School, Canterbury, from 1782 to 1785 Arnold was trained as an artist. In his early career he concentrated on portraits, but became more widely recognized as a painter of panoramas. He showed a series of pictures at the ...

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Ashbury, Joseph (1638–1720), actor and theatre manager, was born in Covent Garden, London. The names of his parents are not known. After an education at Eton College he was commissioned as ensign in the Irish army of James, first duke of Ormond, either in 1657 or 1658. He assisted the royalists at the taking of ...

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Ashwell, Lena [real name Lena Margaret Pocock; married name Lena Margaret Simson, Lady Simson] (1872–1957), actress and theatre manager, was born on 28 September 1872 aboard a training ship moored in the Tyne, the Wellesley, the daughter of Captain Charles Ashwell Botelar Pocock...