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By Professor Philip H Highfill Jr PhD, Professor Kalman A Burnim PhD, Edward A. Langhans

Just like the works already released, those most up-to-date volumes of the Biographical Dictionary care for theatre humans of each ilk, starting from dressers and one-performance actors to trumpeter John Shore (inventor of the tuning fork) and the incomparable Sarah Siddons.Also favourite is Susanna Rowson, a novelist, actress, and early woman playwright. even though born right into a British army relations, Rowson frequently wrote performs that handled patriotic American topics and spent a lot of her occupation at the American stage.The theatrical jewel of those volumes is the "divine Sarah" Siddons: "She raised the tragedy to the skies," wrote William Hazlitt, and "embodied to our mind's eye the fables of mythology, of the heroic and dignified mortals of elder time." She persevered a lot tragedy herself, together with a crippling debilitating disease and the deaths of 5 of her seven teenagers. Siddons performed significant roles in either comedy and tragedy, no longer the least of which used to be a functionality as Hamlet.

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He offered any financial assistance they might need. " On 9 November Siddons wrote to advise Garrick that on the evening of 4 November his wife had been taken ill unexpectedly while performing and early the following morning had produced a fine girlSarah Martha Siddons. It was probably at the Barton Street Theatre in Gloucester that her sudden onset of labor occurred. Sarah Martha was baptized at St Michael's in that city on 30 November 1775. Siddons received £20 through a Mr Dinwoody; the Drury Lane account book shows the advance recorded, paid to a Mr Becket by Garrick's order on 16 November 1775.

In Bath she met for the first time Thomas Lawrence, a precocious child who would as an adult cause her family much unhappiness. The Duchess of Devonshire and the former Bath actor John Henderson may have been responsible for inducing the Drury Lane management, now headed by R. B. Sheridan (with his father Tom as acting coach), to bring Sarah back to London. Both Sheridans saw her act at Bath, and the enormous popular and artistic success she garnered there could hardly be ignored much longer. So Mrs Siddons decided to leave the comfort and security of Bath to accept an offer of ten guineas per week and venture once more into the capital.

Though originally John Ward had objected to his daughter's marrying an actor, eventually Roger Kemble was accepted and with his wife toured in Ward's company for about eight years. It was at Brecon, while the company was touring Wales in 1755, that their first child was born. Sarah was baptized a Protestant, the persuasion of her mother, as were all the subsequent Kemble daughters. The sons were raised as Catholics, like their father. Sarah's education was received on the move, at day schools in Worcester, Wolverhampton, and other towns throughout England's western and northern circuits where the Kembles resided for short periods, as they played in inns, barns, and ill-equipped playhouses.

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