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Gertrude Kingston

(1866—1937) actress


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(1866–1937) English actress, manager, and playwright. Beginning with Sarah Thorne's company at Margate in 1887, she settled in London the following year, acting with many of the leading actor-managers during the 1890s and 1900s. In 1910 she built the Little Theatre, opening with Aristophanes' Lysistrata. In 1912 she played Lady Cecily in a revival of Captain Brassbound's Conversion by Shaw, who then wrote the role of the Empress in Great Catherine for her (1913). Over the following decade she appeared often in Shaw's plays, in London, New York, and Birmingham. Kingston wrote a few plays and an autobiography, Curtsey While You're Thinking (1937).

From The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance in Oxford Reference.

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