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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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Brown, Ivor John Carnegie (1891–1974), theatre critic and writer, was born on 25 April 1891 in Penang, Malaya, the younger of the two sons of Dr William Carnegie Brown of Aberdeen, and his first wife, Jean Carnegie. His father, a graduate of Aberdeen University...

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Ivor John Carnegie Brown (1891–1974) by Howard Coster, 1940 © reserved; collection 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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G. C. Boase

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Cook, Edward Dutton (1829–1883), theatre critic and author, was born at 9 Grenville Street, Brunswick Square, London, on 30 January 1829, the second son among at least nine children of George Simon Cook (d. 1852) of Grantham, Lincolnshire, a solicitor of the firm of ...

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Darlington, William Aubrey Cecil (1890–1979), theatre critic and author, was born at Taunton on 20 February 1890, the only son and eldest of four children of Thomas Darlington (1864–1908), principal of Queen's College, Taunton, a notable scholar who became an inspector of schools for ...

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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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Morley, Sheridan Robert [Sherry] (1941–2007), theatre critic and biographer, was born on 5 December 1941 at Five Trees nursing home, overlooking Ascot racecourse, Berkshire, the elder son of the actor, writer, and producer Robert Adolph Wilton Morley (1908–1992), and his wife, the actress ...

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Cordelia McIntyre Oliver (1923–2009) by David Gibson, 2008 © David Gibson

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Oliver [née Patrick], Cordelia McIntyre (1923–2009), artist and art and theatre critic, was born at 101 Pollok Street, Glasgow, on 24 April 1924, the daughter of Robert Patrick, marine engineer, and his wife, Flora McCallum, née Matchett. She was educated at Hutcheson's Grammar School...

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Purnell, Thomas [pseud. Q] (1834–1889), theatre critic and writer, was born in Tenby, Pembrokeshire, the son of Robert Purnell and his wife, Ann, and was baptized on 13 March 1834 at Narberth, Pembrokeshire. He matriculated at Trinity College, Dublin, in 1852 and afterwards went to ...

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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

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Shulman, Milton (1913–2004), theatre critic and writer, was born on 30 August 1913 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the son of Samuel Shulman (d. 1919), shopkeeper, and his wife, Ethel. His parents were both Orthodox Jewish émigrés from the Ukraine who moved to ...

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Kenneth Peacock Tynan (1927–1980) by Sir Cecil Beaton, c. 1956 © Cecil Beaton Archive, Sotheby's; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Tynan, Kenneth Peacock (1927–1980), theatre critic, was born on 2 April 1927 at the Glenhurst Nursing Home, 319 Shaftmoor Lane, Hall Green, Birmingham, the only son of Sir Peter Peacock (1872–1948), merchant and former mayor of Warrington, and (Letitia) Rose Tynan (1888–1961). The couple had lived as husband and wife in ...

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H. H. Child

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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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Philip Adrian Hope- Wallace (1911–1979) by Howard Coster, 1955 © National Portrait Gallery, London