Lionel Brough

(1836—1900) actor

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(1836–1900), English actor, who made his first appearance in a play by his elder brother William. He was for a time in journalism, but returned to the stage in 1864, and in 1873 was principal low comedian at the Gaiety under Hollingshead. He was not so much a character actor as a clown in the best sense, his gift of improvisation and rich sense of humour making him an excellent player in burlesque. Two of his finest parts were Tony Lumpkin in Goldsmith's She Stoops to Conquer and Bob Acres in Sheridan's The Rivals, but he was also good in Shakespeare's comic parts, among them Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night which he played with Tree at Her Majesty's Theatre. He toured extensively and was extremely popular in the United States and South Africa.


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