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

A huge undertaking began in 1973 reaches its end with the e-book of volumes 15 and sixteen of the Biographical Dictionary, a sequence thought of "a reference paintings of the 1st order" through Theatre and acting Arts Collections.Among performers highlighted in those final volumes is Catherine Tofts, a talented singer whose renowned acclaim used to be captured in strains by way of Samuel Phillips: "How are we pleas’d while beauteous Tofts appears, / To scouse borrow our Souls via our attentive Ears?’ / Ravish’d we take heed to th’ inchanting music, / And trap the falling Accents from her Tongue." the 1st singer of English beginning to grasp the shape of Italian opera, Tofts often received top roles over local Italian singers. Her salary—?400 to ?500 a season—was one of many optimum within the theatre. Her attractiveness declined, despite the fact that, as her calls for for money increased—a state of affairs captured in an epigram Alexander Pope could have penned: "So shiny is thy good looks, so captivating thy music, / As had drawn either the beasts and their Orpheus along; / yet such is thy avarice, and such is thy delight, / That the beasts should have starved, and the poets have died."John Vanbrugh, whose play The Relapse is ranked as the best comedies of the recovery interval, grew to become a subordinate crown architect below Sir Christopher Wren in 1702. In 1703, Vanbrugh started plans for the Queen’s Theatre within the Haymarket, an firm recommended through the equipment Cat membership (of which Vanbrugh was once a member). even supposing his lavish layout used to be acoustically faulty, restructuring helped right the matter and the theatre finally grew to become the specific heart for opera in London.

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In 1805, in his Theatrical Recorder, Holcroft wrote: As an actor, I remember him well: to think of a few unrivalled performers, and to forget Weston, is impossible. The range of characters that he personated was confined. The parts in which he excited such uncommon emotion, were those of low humour. He was the most irresistible in those of perfect simplicity: his peculiar talent was the pure personification of nature. I do not think it possible for an actor to be less conscious than Weston appeared to be, that he was acting.

Page 7 Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection THOMAS WESTON, as Spy by De Loutherbourg The Public Advertiser of 16 January revised the date to 12 January and added the place of death: Newington Butts. The Morning Post of 22 January announced, however, that he had been buried on 21 January at "St. James's" (probably Clerkenwell). ) A mock will, purportedly from Weston's own hand, was published and circulated soon after his death. In it Weston "bequeathed" to Garrick his money ("as there is nothing on earth he is so very fond of"), to Reddish a grain of honesty, which he lacked, to Jacobs his shoes, for which Jacobs had long waited, and so on.

Her address was given as next door to the Golden Dragon in Great Queen Street. Westenholt, Mr [fl. 1786], actor. At a performance of She Stoops to Conquer at the Windsor Castle Inn, King Street, Hammersmith, on 5 June 1786 Mr Westenholt acted Jeremy. On 7 June he played Snuffle in The Mayor of Garratt and an Officer in Douglas. Western or Westery, Miss. See MORLAND, MRS. Westley, Mrs [fl. 1736], actress. " It may also have been her last, as there is no further record of her acting. Page 3 Westley, Thomas [fl.

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