A Biographical Dictionary of Actors, Volume 14, S. Siddons by Professor Philip H Highfill Jr PhD, Professor Kalman A

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

Just like the works already released, those most recent volumes of the Biographical Dictionary take care of 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 trendy is Susanna Rowson, a novelist, actress, and early girl playwright. even supposing born right into a British army kinfolk, Rowson frequently wrote performs that handled patriotic American subject matters and spent a lot of her profession 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 disorder 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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At the same time Roger Kemble dismissed Siddons from the company. At Guy's Cliffe Sarah spent her free time sculpturing and reciting passages from Milton, Shakespeare, and Rowe in the servants' hall. Sarah's affection for William Siddons remained constant; eventually her parents bowed to the inevitable, and she and Siddons were married in Holy Trinity Church, Conventry, on 26 November 1773. A fortnight or so after their marriage the bridge appeared in the roles of Charlotte Rusport in The West Indian and Leonora in The Padlock at her father's theatre in Worcester on 13 December 1773.

A letter from William Siddons at Gloucester to Bate on 4 September 1775 stated his intention for Sarah to remain in Gloucester until her baby should be delivered. On 7 October Garrick wrote a pleasant letter to Siddons, inquiring after Sarah's health and advising them to stay at Gloucester until Sarah should be able to journey to London. 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.

Her last new role that season was Zara in The Mourning Bride, for her second benefit on 18 March 1783. It was rumored that this benefit brought her another £650, but the account books show gross receipts of £329 16s. , with a house charge of £108 17s. 4d. imposed on this occasion. ) In her first full season at Drury Lane she performed some 80 times. In January 1783 the King and queen came to see her act Euphrasia on the second, Belvidera on the ninth, Calista on the twentieth, Jane Shore on the twenty-third, and Isabella on the twenty-eighth, a flurry of playgoing for the monarch theretofore unprecedented.

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