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Ira Aldridge

Overview page. Subjects: Theatre — British History.

(1804?–67), actor.

He was often called the first great African‐American actor, although he did virtually none of his performing in the States. Believed to have been born in Africa...

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Nell Gwyn

Overview page. Subjects: Theatre — British History.

(1650–87).

Born in 1650 in Hereford, Nell first worked as a barmaid and then as an orange‐seller outside the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane (London), before attracting the attention of...

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Vauxhall gardens

Overview page. Subjects: British History — Theatre.

(London), just south of the Thames, opened soon after the Restoration as New Spring gardens, and were visited by Pepys, who complained of high prices. In 1732 Jonathan Tyers arranged a...

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William Henry Lane

Overview page. Subjects: Theatre — British History.

(1825–1852).

The first African‐American dancer to perform in Britain. Lane was born on Rhode Island and began performing at a young age, mainly at the dance halls and saloons in ...

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