Shakespeare's Staging
Individual Managers and Actors (Performances from 1660 to 1837)
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David Garrick (1717-1779) with his wife. Portrait by William Hogarth, 1757. Picture courtesy of the Yorck Project.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Studies of Multiple Individuals

Grebanier, David. Then Came Each Actor: Shakespearean Actors, Great and Otherwise, including Players and Princes, Rogues, Vagabonds and Actors Motley, from Will Kempe to Olivier and Gielgud and After. New York: David McKay, 1975.

Matthews, Brander, and Laurence Hutton, ed. Actors and Actresses of Great Britain and the United States, from the Days of David Garrick to the Present Time. New York: Cassell & Company, 1886; Reprint, Boston: L. C. Page, 1900.

Zesmer, David M. Guide to Shakespeare. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1976.

The remainder of this bibliography is alphabetical by name of subject.

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Abington, Frances

[Abington, Frances.] Life of Mrs. Abington (Formerly Miss Barton) Celebrated Comic Actress, with full accounts of her various performances in the theatres of London and Dublin; including also interesting notes upon the history of the Irish stage, and copious notices, anecdotes, and criticisms of her theatrical contemporaries, by the Editor of 'The Life of Quin'. London: Reader, 1888.

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Baddley, Sophia

Steele, Elizabeth. The Memoirs of Mrs. Sophia Baddley Late of Drury Lane, 6 vols. London: 1787.

Bannister, John

Adolphus, John. Memoirs of John Bannister. London: R. Bentley, 1839.

Bellamy, George Anne

Bellamy, George Anne. An Apology for the Life of George Anne Bellamy, 6 vols. London: John Bell, 1785.

Betterton, Thomas

Betterton, Thomas [?]. The History of the English Stage from the Restauration [sic] to the Present Time. Including the Lives, Characters and Amours Of the most Eminent Actors and Actresses. London: E. Curll, 1741.

Gildon, Charles. The Life of Mr. Thomas Betterton. London: Robert Gosling, 1710; Reprinted, New York: Augustus M. Kelley Publishers, 1970.

Lowe, R. W. Thomas Betterton. London: Kegan Paul, 1891; [reprint 1972].

Boaden, James

Boaden, James. The Life of Mrs. Jordan, 2 vols. London: Edward Bull, 1831.

Boaden, James. Memoirs of Mrs. Inchbald, 2 vols. London: Richard Bentley, 1833.

Boaden, James. Memoirs of the Life of John Philip Kemble Including a History of ther Stage from Garrick to the Present, 2 vols. London: Longman, et al., 1825.

Boaden, James. Memoirs of Mrs. Siddons Interspersed with Anecdotes of Authors and Actors. London: Henry Colburn, 1827.

Boaden, James. The Plays, edited by Steven Cohan. London & New York: Garland, 1980.

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Charke, Charlotte

Charke, Charlotte. A Narrative of the Life of Mrs. Charlotte Charke (Youngest Daughter of Colley Cibber, Esq.) Written by Herself. London: W. Reeve, A. Dodd, and E. Cooke, 1755.

Cibber, Colley

Ashley, Leonard R. N. Colley Cibber. New York: Twayne, 1965.

Barker. R. H. Mr. Cibber of Drury Lane. New York: Columbia University Press; London: Oxford University Press, 1939.

Cibber. C. An Apology for the Life of Mr. Colley Gibber, [1740] edited by B. R. S. Foyne. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan, 1968.

Koon, Helene. Colley Cibber: A Biography. Lexington: University of Kentucky Press, 1986.

Clive, Kitty

Joncus, Berta. "A Likeness Where None Was to be Found: Imagining Kitty Clive, (1711-1785)." In Music in Art, 34, no. 1-2 (2009): 89-106.

Cooke, George Frederick

Dunlap, William. Memoirs of George Frederick Cooke Esq. London: Printed for Henry Colburn, British and Foreign Public Library, Conduit-Street, Hanover-Square; and sold by George Goldie, Edinburgh; and John Cumming, Dublin, 1813.

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Davenant, Sir William

Blaydes S. B and P. Bordinat. Sir William Davenant: An Annotated Bibliography 1629-1985. 1986.

Edmond, Mary. Rare Sir William Davenant. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1987.

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Farren, Elizabeth, Countess of Derby

Bloxam, Suzanne. Walpole's Queen of Comedy: Elizabeth Farren, Countess of Derby. Ashford: Bloxam, 1988.

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Garrick, David

Burnim, Kalman A. David Garrick, Director. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1961.

Caines, Michael, ed. Lives of Shakespearian Actors, Part 1, Volume 1: David Garrick. London: Pickering and Chatto, 2007.

Cunningham, Vanessa. Shakespeare and Garrick. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008.

Kendall, Alan. David Garrick: A Biography. London: Harrap, 1985.

Marshall, Gail, ed. Lives of Shakespeare Actors, Volume I: David Garrick, Charles Macklin, and Margaret Woffington. London: Pickering and Chatto: 2009.

Stone, George W. and G. M. Kahrl. David Garrick: A Critical Biography. Carbondale: Southern Illinois Press, 1979.

Griffith, Elizabeth

Eger, Elizabeth. "Spectacle, Intellect and Authority: the Actress in the Eighteenth Century." In The Cambridge Companion to the Actress, edit by Maggie B. Gale and John Stokes, 33-51. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007.

Gwyn, Nell

Beauclerk, Charles. Nell Gwyn: A Biography. London: Macmillan, 2005.

Seymour, John. Memoirs of the Life of Eleanor Gwyn. London: F. Stamper, 1752.

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Hazlitt, William

Davis, T. C. "'Reading Shakespeare by Flashes of Lightning': Challenging the Foundations of Romantic Acting Theory." English Literary History 62: 933-54. [Analyses descriptions of E. Kean's acting by Romantic critics, particularly Hazlitt and Coleridge]

Hazlitt, William. Criticism and Dramatic Essays of the English Stage. London: G. Routledge, 1851.

Hazlitt, William. Art and Dramatic Criticism. In The Complete Works, edited by P. P. Howe. London: J. M. Dent, 1930.

Hunt, Leigh

Hunt, Leigh. Leigh Hunt's Dramatic Criticism 1808-1831, edited by Lawrence H. Houtchens and Carolyn W. Houtchens. New York: Columbia University Press, 1949.

Hunt, Leigh. "Mrs. Siddons." In Specimens of English Dramatic Criticism XVII-XX Centuries, edited by A. C. Ward, 84-8. London: Oxford University Press, 1945.

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Inchbald, Elizabeth

Boaden, James. Memoirs of Mrs. Inchbald, 2 vols. London: Richard Bentley, 1833.

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Jordan, Dorothy

Boaden, James. The Life of Mrs. Jordan, 2 vols. London: Edward Bull, 1831.

Dejardin, Ian A. C., ed. Mrs. Jordan: the Duchess of Drury Lane. London: Iveagh Bequest and English Heritage, 1995.

Tomalin, Claire. Mrs. Jordan's Profession: the Story of a Great Actress and Future King. London: Viking, 1994.

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Kean, Charles

Marshall, Gail, ed. Lives of Shakespeare Actors, Volume III: Charles Kean, Samuel Phelps, and William Charles Macready. London: Pickering and Chatto: 2009.

Schoch, Richard W. Shakespeare's Victorian Stage: Performing History in the Theatre of Charles Kean. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998.

Kean, Edmund

Barnes, Thomas. "Kean as Richard III." In Specimens of English Dramatic Criticism XVII-XX Centuries, edited by A. C. Ward, 96-100. London: Oxford University Press, 1945.

Davis, Jim, ed. Lives of Shakespearian Actors, Part 2: Volume I, Edmund Kean. London: Pickering and Chatto, 2007.

Davis, T. C. "'Reading Shakespeare by Flashes of Lightning': Challenging the Foundations of Romantic Acting Theory." English Literary History 62: 933-54. [Analyses descriptions of E. Kean's acting by Romantic critics, particularly Hazlitt and Coleridge]

FitzSimmons, Raymond. Edmund Kean: Fire from Heaven. New York: Dial, 1976.

Kahan, Jeffrey. The Cult of Kean. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006.

Proctor, Brian Waller. Life of Edmund Kean. London: Edward Moxton, 1835

Kemble, John Philip

Baker, Herschel. John Philip Kemble: The Actor in his Theatre. New York: Greenwood Press, 1969.

Boaden, James. Memoirs of the Life of John Philip Kemble Including a History of ther Stage from Garrick to the Present, 2 vols. London: Longman, et al., 1825.

Child, H. The Shakespearean Productions of John Philip Kemble. London: Oxford University Press, 1935.

Percy Fitzgerald, Percy. The Kembles, 2 vols., 1871; reprint, New York: Benjamin Blom, 1969.

Freeman, Lisa, ed. Lives of Shakespearian Actors, Part 2: Volume 2, Sarah Siddons and John Philip Kemble. London: Pickering and Chatto, 2007.

Kemble, John Philip. Promptbooks, edited by Charles Shattuck, 10 vols. Washington, DC: University of Virginia Press (Folger Library), 1974.

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John Philip Kemble (1757-1823).

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Linley, Elizabeth

Chedzoy, Alan. Sheridan's Nightingale: the Story of Elizabeth Linley. London: Allison and Busby, 1997.

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Macklin, Charles

Goring, Paul, ed. Lives of Shakespearean Actors. Part 1, Volume 2: Charles Macklin. London: Pickering and Chatto, 2007.

Marshall, Gail, ed. Lives of Shakespeare Actors, Volume I: David Garrick, Charles Macklin, and Margaret Woffington. London: Pickering and Chatto, 2009.

Macready, William Charles

Downer, Alan S. The Eminent Tragedian, William Charles Macready. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1966.

Macready, William Charles. Macready's Reminiscences and Selections from his Diaries and Letters, edited by F. Pollock, 1875.

Marshall, Gail, ed. Lives of Shakespeare Actors, Volume III: Charles Kean, Samuel Phelps, and William Charles Macready. London: Pickering and Chatto, 2009.

Pollock, Frederick, ed. Macready's Reminiscences, 2 vol. New York: Macmillan, 1875.

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Phelps, Samuel

Marshall, Gail, ed. Lives of Shakespeare Actors, Volume III: Charles Kean, Samuel Phelps, and William Charles Macready. London: Pickering and Chatto, 2009.

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Quin, James

[Quin, James], Anon. Life of Mr. James Quin, Comedian. London: S. Bladon, 1766.

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Robinson, Mary

Byrne, Paula. The Life of Mary Robinson. London: Harper Collins, 2004.

Eger, Elizabeth. "Spectacle, Intellect and Authority: the Actress in the Eighteenth Century." In The Cambridge Companion to the Actress, edited by Maggie B. Gale and John Stokes, 33-51. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007.

Robinson, Mary. Memoirs of the Late Mrs. Robinson, Written by Herself, Completed and Edited by her Daughter Maria and Published in 1801. Reprint, London: Cobden-Sanderson, 1930.

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Siddons, Sarah

Asleson, Robyn, ed. A Passion for Performance: Sarah Siddons and Her Portraitists. Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1999.

Boaden, James. Memoirs of Mrs. Siddons Interspersed with Anecdotes of Authors and Actors. London: Henry Colburn, 1827.

Campbell, Thomas. Life of Mrs. Siddons, 2 vols. London: Effingham Wilson, 1834.

Eger, Elizabeth. "Spectacle, Intellect and Authority: the Actress in the Eighteenth Century." In The Cambridge Companion to the Actress, edited by Maggie B. Gale and John Stokes, 33-51. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007.

Ffrench, Yvonne. Mrs. Siddons: Tragic Actress. London: D. Verscoyle, 1954.

Fitzgerald, Percy. The Kembles, 2 vols. 1871; reprint, New York: Benjamin Blom, 1969.

Freeman, Lisa, ed. Lives of Shakespearian Actors, Part 2: Volume 2, Sarah Siddons and John Philip Kemble. London: Pickering and Chatto, 2007.

Hunt, Leigh. "Mrs. Siddons." In Specimens of English Dramatic Criticism XVII-XX Centuries, edited by A. C. Ward, 84-8. London: Oxford University Press, 1945.

Manvell, Roger. Sarah Siddons: Portrait of an Actress. London: Heinemann, 1971.

Marshall, Gail, ed. Lives of Shakespeare Actors, Volume II: Sarah Siddons. London: Pickering and Chatto, 2009.

McPherson, Heather. "Picturing Tragedy: Mrs. Siddons as the Tragic Muse Revisited." Eighteenth-Century Studies 33, no. 3 (2000): 401-430.

Rogers, Pat. "'Towering Beyond Her Sex': Stature and Sublimity in the Achievement of Sarah Siddons." In Curtain Calls: British and American Women and the Theater, 1660-1820, edited by Mary Anne Schofield and Cecilia Macheski, 48-67. Athens: Ohio University Press, 1991.

Siddons, Sarah. Reminiscences. London: Henry Colburn, 1831.

Van Lennep, William, ed. The Reminiscences of Sarah Kemble Siddons. Cambridge: Widener Library, 1942.

West, Shearer. "Siddons, Celebrity and Regality: Portraiture and the Body of the Ageing Actress." In Theatre and Celebrity in Britain, 1660-2000, edited by Mary Luckhurst and Jane Moody, 191-213. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.

Young, Julian Charles. "Others – and Mrs. Siddons." In Specimens of English Dramatic Criticism XVII-XX Centuries, edited by A. C. Ward, 89-92. London: Oxford University Press, 1945.

Smithson, Harriet

Raby, Peter, ed. Lives of Shakespearian Actors, Part 2: Volume 3, Harriet Smithson. London: Pickering and Chatto, 2007.

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Tate, Nahum

Black, James. "An Augustan Stage-History: Nahum Tate's King Lear." Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Theater Research 6 (1967): 36-54.

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Woffington, Margaret

Marshall, Gail, ed. Lives of Shakespeare Actors, Volume I: David Garrick, Charles Macklin, and Margaret Woffington. London: Pickering and Chatto, 2009.

Shaughnessy, Nicola and Robert, eds. Lives of Shakespearian Actors, Part 1, Volume 3: Margaret Woffington. London: Pickering and Chatto, 2007.

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David Garrick delivering his Ode to Shakespeare at Drury Lane Theatre in 1769. Garrick's Shakespeare Jubilee at Stratford-upon-Avon earlier that year, and this later program in London, repeated 88 times, greatly fostered Shakespeare's celebrity. Engraving by J. Lodge.

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