William Powell

(1735—1769) actor and theatre manager

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(?1735–69), English actor. He was trained by Garrick, and covered many roles during his absences abroad. Success in London was followed by summer seasons at Bristol, where he became a popular actor-manager. In 1767 he acquired a part-share in Covent Garden theatre, where he played major Shakespearian roles including Hamlet.

From The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism.

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