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Dibdin, Charles (bap. 1745, d. 1814), actor, composer, and writer, was baptized privately (possibly because he was sickly at birth) on 4 March 1745 at Southampton, and again publicly on 26 March at Holyrood Church, Southampton, where his father, Thomas Dibdin, was parish clerk; his mother's name has been given as ...

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Charles Dibdin (bap. 1745, d. 1814) by Thomas Phillips, 1799 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Novello, Ivor [real name David Ivor Davies] (1893–1951), composer, actor, and playwright, was born on 15 January 1893 at Llywn yr Eos (Nightingales' Grove), 95 Cowbridge Road, Cardiff, the only son of David Davies (1852?–1931), a rent collector for Cardiff council, and his wife, ...

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Ivor Novello (1893–1951) by Paul Tanqueray, 1928 © Estate of Paul Tanqueray; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Pasquali, Nicolò [Niccolò] (1717/18–1757), musician and actor, was born in Cosenza, Italy. Little is known of his life until he arrived in London about 1743, accompanied by his younger brother Francis Pasquali (fl. 1743–1795), also a musician, as well as a publisher, scene designer, and impresario...

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Reeve, William (1757–1815), actor and composer, was born in London and was apprenticed to a law stationer in Chancery Lane, where a fellow clerk was Joseph Munden, later a comedian. Keen to become a musician, Reeve gave up business to study with Richardson...

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See West [née Cooke], Sarah