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Condell, Henry (bap. 1576?, d. 1627), actor and editor of Shakespeare's first folio, was probably born in East Anglia. The only Henry Condell so far discovered at a suitable date in that part of England was the son of a Robert Condell of ...

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MacCarthy, Sir (Charles Otto) Desmond (1877–1952), literary reviewer and drama critic, was born at Plymouth, Devon, on 20 May 1877, the only child of Charles Desmond MacCarthy (1832/3–1895), bank agent, and Louise Jeanne Wilhelmine de la Chevallerie (1854–1938). His ancestors were English, Irish, and German. He spent his childhood in ...

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Rylands, George Humphrey Wolferstan [Dadie] (1902–1999), literary scholar and theatre director, was born on 23 October 1902 at the Down House, Tockington, Gloucestershire, the second of three children of Thomas Kirkland Rylands, land agent, and his wife, Bertha (Betha) Nisbet Wolferstan, née Thomas...

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Speaight, Robert William (1904–1976), actor and literary scholar, was born on 14 January 1904 at the Corner Cottage, St Margaret's Bay, Kent, the eldest of three sons of Frederick William Speaight and his wife, Emily Isabella, daughter of Frederick Elliott. His father ran a ...

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Walkley, Arthur Bingham (1855–1926), theatre and literary critic, was born at Bedminster, Bristol, on 17 December 1855, the only child of Arthur Hickman Walkley, a bookseller, and his wife, Caroline Charlotte, the daughter of Joseph Bingham, also a bookseller of Bristol. From Warminster School...

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Wickham, Glynne William Gladstone (1922–2004), drama scholar, was born in Cape Town, South Africa, on 15 May 1922, the son of William Gladstone Wickham (b. 1877), British trade commissioner in South Africa, and his wife, Catherine. He was the grandson of Edward Charles Wickham (1834–1910)...