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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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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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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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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 (1750-1812). 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...

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Baker [née Wakelin], Sarah (1736/7–1816), actress and theatre manager, was born in London, the daughter of Ann Wakelin, née Clark (d. 1787), an acrobatic dancer and troupe manager at Sadler's Wells, and James Wakelin (fl. 1749–1779), a minor actor. With her sister ...

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Bancroft [née Wilton], Marie Effie, Lady Bancroft (1839–1921), actress and theatre manager, was born on 12 January 1839, probably in Doncaster, the eldest of the six daughters of Robert Pleydell Wilton (1800–1873), a provincial actor, and his wife, Georgina Jane (1818–1866), the daughter of ...

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Marie Effie Bancroft, Lady Bancroft (1839–1921) by Barraud, 1885 [The Bancrofts: and Squire Bancroft (1841-1926)] © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Barry, Elizabeth (1656x8–1713), actress and theatre manager, was the daughter of the barrister and royalist officer Colonel Robert Barry. As a child she became a member of the household of Sir William Davenant, the playwright and, until his death in 1668, manager of the ...

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Baskervile [née Shawe], Susan (bap. 1573, d. 1649), theatre company associate, was baptized at St Botolph's, Aldgate, London, on 15 April 1573, the daughter of Edmonde Shawe. A younger brother, John, was also baptized there on 12 February 1575. On 4 January 1592, aged eighteen, ...

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Hezekiah Linthicum Bateman (1812–1875) by unknown photographer, c. 1870 V&A Images, The Victoria and Albert Museum

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Bateman, Hezekiah Linthicum (1812–1875), actor and theatre manager, was born in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, on 6 December 1812, the fourth child and second son of Amzi Bateman (c.1777–1816) and his wife, Catherine Schaeffer Evans Bateman (c.1784–1870). Amzi Bateman, a fisherman by trade, was a member of the ...

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Baylis, Lilian Mary (1874–1937), theatre manager, was born at 19 Nottingham Street, Marylebone, London, on 9 May 1874, the eldest daughter of Edward William Baylis, an employee of Gillows furniture store in Oxford Street and a baritone singer (known as Newton Baylis), and his wife, ...