Sarah Baker

(1737—1816) actress and theatre manager

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(1736/7–1816), English theatre manageress, whose activities in Kent covered more than 50 years. The daughter of an acrobatic dancer, she married an actor in her mother's company in about 1761, and was widowed in 1769. Left with three small children to support, she went into management on her own account, and from 1772 to 1777 managed her mother's company. The latter having retired, Mrs Baker formed a new company which visited to towns in the country and had an ambitious repertory including Shakespeare and Sheridan. At first a portable theatre or any suitable building was used, but from about 1789 she built her own theatres—10 in all. Edmund Kean appeared with her early in his career.

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

Subjects: Theatre.

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