Benjamin Nottingham Webster
Webster was born in Bath, the son of a dancing master.
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Webster was the lessee of the Haymarket from 1837 to 1853; he built the new Adelphi Theatre (1859); later the Olympic Theatre, Princess's Theatre, London and St James's Theatres came under his control; and he was the patron of all the contemporary playwrights and many of the best actors, who owed their opportunity of success to him.
As a character actor he was unequalled in his day, especially in such parts as Triplet in Masks and Faces, Joey Ladle in No Thoroughfare, and John Peerybingle in his own dramatization of The Cricket on the Hearth.
He wrote, translated or adapted nearly a hundred plays. Webster took his formal farewell of the stage in 1874.
His son, W.S. Webster, had three children — Benjamin Webster (b. 1864; married to Miss (Dame) May Whitty), Annie (Mrs A.E. George) and Lizzie (Mrs Sydney Brough) — all well known on the London stage, and further connected with it in each case by marriage.
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This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Webster, Benjamin Nottingham". Encyclopædia Britannica 28 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 459.
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