Robert Baddeley

(1733—1794) actor

Related Overviews

Drury Lane

Ben Jonson (1572—1637) poet and playwright

David Garrick (1717—1779) actor and playwright


'Robert Baddeley' can also refer to...


More Like This

Show all results sharing this subject:

  • Theatre


Show Summary Details

Quick Reference

(1732–94), English actor, who was first seen on the stage in 1760 at Drury Lane, where he created the part of Moses in Sheridan's The School for Scandal (1777). It was always his most popular role, and he was dressing to play it when he was taken ill and died. He was excellent in such parts as Fluellen in Henry V and Brainworm in Jonson's Every Man in His Humour. Having in his youth been a pastrycook, he left a sum of money for a cake and wine to be partaken of by the Drury Lane company on Twelfth Night, a custom which is still observed. He was married briefly and unhappily to the actress Sophia Snow (1745–86), over whom he fought a duel with the brother of David Garrick. The daughter of the trumpeter Valentine Snow, she was painted by Zoffany as Fanny in Colman and Garrick's The Clandestine Marriage.

From The Concise Oxford Companion to the Theatre in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Theatre.

Reference entries

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.