William Oxberry

(1784—1824) actor and printer

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(1784–1824), English actor, whose portrait hangs in the Garrick Club. He appeared in provincial theatres and in minor roles in London ones, and is best remembered as the author of The Actress of All Work (1819), a farce which depicts one actress in six different roles. Oxberry also published a number of volumes of theatrical interest and gave his name to Oxberry's Dramatic Biography, published posthumously by his widow. Oxberry's son William Henry (1808–52) was also an actor and from 1843 to 1844 edited Oxberry's Weekly Budget, in which many melodramas otherwise unknown were first published. He adapted a number of plays from the French, of which the most successful was Matteo Falcone; or, The Brigand and his Son (1836). He was a quaint little man, unsuited to tragedy but good in burlesque.

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

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