(1740–1828) Italian dancer, singer, actor, and choreographer, who began his London career at Covent Garden in 1776, playing Pierrot in Harlequin's Frolics. Over the next several decades he performed pantomimes and speciality dances at Drury Lane, the Haymarket, John Palmer's abortive Royalty Theatre, as well as a number of minor London and provincial venues. He designed scenery and dances for pantomimes such as The Norwood Gypsies (1777) and Don Juan (1787). He was a special favourite of George IV, for whom he performed at Brighton in 1790 and gave a masquerade at the Pantheon in the early nineteenth century.
From The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance in Oxford Reference.