Benjamin Nottingham Webster
|Benjamin Nottingham Webster|
3 September 1797|
|Died||3 July 1882(aged 84)|
|Resting place||Brompton Cemetery, London|
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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. He wrote, translated or adapted nearly a hundred plays.
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.
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.
- One or more of the preceding sentences 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.
- List of Brompton cemetery residents
- "Burnham, 1st Baron". Who's Who. Vol. 59. 1907. p. 258.
- A. E. George (1869-1920) played the Duke of Norfolk in the 1911 silent film Henry VIII.
- According to Encyclopedia of Fantastic Film by R. G. Young, A. E. George played Napoleon in the 1915 silent film Brigadier Gerard.
- Barranger, Milly S. (2004). Margaret Webster: A Life in the Theater. U. of Michigan Press. p. 10.
- Scott, The Drama of Yesterday and To-Day (London, 1899)
- Matthews and Hutton, Actors and Actresses of Great Gritain and the United States (New York, 1886)
- Anonymous (1873). Cartoon portraits and biographical sketches of men of the day. Illustrated by Waddy, Frederick. London: Tinsley Brothers. pp. 66–67. Retrieved 2010-12-30.
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