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 care for 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 fashionable is Susanna Rowson, a novelist, actress, and early lady playwright. even though born right into a British army kin, Rowson usually wrote performs that handled patriotic American subject matters and spent a lot of her occupation 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 sickness and the deaths of 5 of her seven young children. Siddons performed significant roles in either comedy and tragedy, no longer the least of which was once a functionality as Hamlet.

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This part will conclude with the laughable scene of ROLY BOLY between Messrs. Robertson and McDonald. For the last time in this city Mr. Robertson will perform the wonderful leaps over the heads of twenty soldiers, with guns and fixed bayonets. Mr. Robertson will leap through a bal- loon of fire, fourteen feet high from the stage {and} then will perform the phenomenon called THE ANTIPODEAN WHIRLIGIG in which he will whirl round on his head at the rate of 250 times in a minute, without the assist- ance of his handsand fireworks attached to dif- ferent parts of his body.

The Mr Robertson who was called scene painter at Astley's Amphitheatre, Westminster Bridge, on the bill of 4 September 1789 was conceivably the Robertson who painted scenes for The Castle Spectre at Derby in 1798. He may even have been that Robertson who appears on the Chesterfield bill of 17 January 1800 both Page 14 as painter of the scenery for Pizarro and as an actor. He played Sheepface in The Village Lawyer. Robertson, Mr [fl. 18001807], acrobat, sibilist, dancer. A Mr Robertson, acrobat, sibilist, and dancer, who styled himself "The Antipodean Whirligig," was at Astley's Amphitheatre before the turn of the century, if his advertisements in America may be believed.

Roberts, Percy [fl. 17951803], singer. Wewitzer's Pocket-Book (1814) states that Percy Roberts made his debut at the Haymarket Theatre in 1795; no playbill has been found to prove that assertion. Percy sang "The Negro Boy" at the Royal Circus on 15 November 1803. Roberts, Thomas d. c. 1721, violinist. Thomas Roberts was sworn a musician in ordinary in the King's Musick, replacing Thomas Clayton, on 25 March 1706, and he was cited several times in Vice Chamberlain Coke's papers (at Harvard) as a violinist at the Queen's Theatre from late 1707 to about 1713.

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