Kate Bishop (actress)

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Kate Bishop
Kate Bishop.jpg
Born Kate Bishop
1848
Bristol, England, UK
Died 12 June 1923 (aged 75)
London, England, UK
Occupation Actress
Spouse(s) Lewis J. Löhr (1 child)

Kate Bishop (1848 – 12 June 1923) was an English actress from Bristol, a member of a theatrical family. Her brother and daughter were also successful actors. Her greatest success was in Our Boys, which ran for more than four years in London. She temporarily retired from the theatre in the late nineteenth century, and returned to play character roles in the early years of the twentieth century.

Biography[edit]

Bishop was born into a theatrical family, the daughter of Charles Bishop. She began acting as a child in Bristol in 1863.[1] Her brother Alfred also successfully entered the theatrical profession.[2]

Career[edit]

In 1868, Bishop appeared with Edward Askew Sothern in a revival of Our American Cousin, in which The Manchester Guardian thought her "arch" but "lacking in dignity".[3] In the West End she appeared in A Loving Cup at the Royalty Theatre in 1869,[4] and in 1871 at the Royal Court Theatre in a succession of three new plays by W. S. Gilbert, playing Edith Temple in Randall's Thumb,[5] Pipette in Creatures of Impulse,[6] and Jessie Blake in On Guard. Of her performance in the last, The Times commented, "The notion of the irresistible flirt is completely realized by Miss Kate Bishop."[7] Bishop played in About Town by Bertie Vyse in 1873[8] and Ruy Blas Righted and Romulus and Remus, both by Robert Reece, in 1874.[9][10]

Her most famous stage role was Violet Melrose in H. J. Byron's Our Boys, which she created in January 1875 and played practically continuously throughout its historic run of four years and four months.[1] When Our Boys finally closed, it was by far the longest-running work of theatre up to that time.[11] Byron supplied a successor, The Girls, in which Bishop had another leading role.[12] Family life in Australia took her away from the English stage for some 15 years at the end of the nineteenth century.[1] In 1900 she returned to the stage in Struwwelpeter, at the Garrick Theatre, together with George Grossmith Jr.[13] She played Mrs Percival de Hooley in Jerome K. Jerome's The Passing of the Third Floor Black in 1908.[14] In 1909 she appeared on Broadway in Penelope, by Somerset Maugham, at the Lyceum Theatre. Her last stage appearance was in 1915, as Lady Matilda Rye in H. A. Vachell's The Case of Lady Camber at the Savoy Theatre.[15]

Personal life[edit]

In 1885, Bishop married Lewis J. Löhr, treasurer of the Melbourne Opera House.[1] Five years later their daughter Marie, later a leading actress, was born in Sydney, Australia.[16][17]

Bishop died in London, aged 75.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e The Times obituary notice, 13 June 1923, p. 14
  2. ^ The Times, 23 May 1928, p. 23
  3. ^ The Manchester Guardian, 24 August 1868, p. 2
  4. ^ The Times 10 February 1869, p. 7
  5. ^ The Times, 27 January 1871, p. 6
  6. ^ The Times, 19 April 1871, p. 8
  7. ^ The Times, 6 November 1871, p. 10
  8. ^ The Times, 16 May 1873, p. 7
  9. ^ The Times, 7 January 1874, p. 8
  10. ^ Picture History. Retrieved 20 May 2009
  11. ^ Booth, Michael R. Review of plays by H. J. Byron including Our Boys in The Modern Language Review, Vol. 82, No. 3, pp. 716-17 (July 1987; Modern Humanities Research Association)
  12. ^ The Times, 21 April 1879, p. 12
  13. ^ The Times, 27 December 1900, p. 8
  14. ^ The Observer, 6 September 1908, p. 5
  15. ^ The Manchester Guardian, 13 June 1923, p. 15
  16. ^ Gillan, Don. Lohr at the Stage Beauty website. Retrieved 20 May 2009
  17. ^ Answers.com Retrieved 20 May 2009