Charles Warner

(1846—1909) actor

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(1846–1909), English actor, who made his first appearance as a boy of 15 at Sadler's Wells, where his father, James Lickfold, was a member of the company. Forced against his will to study architecture, he ran away from home and returned to the theatre under the name of Warner, which he afterwards retained. He first appeared in London in 1864, playing Paris in Romeo and Juliet. A year later he played Romeo, and Iago in Othello. He scored a great success as Steerforth in Little Em'ly (1869), an adaptation of Dickens's David Copperfield, and was the first to play Charles Middlewick in H. J. Byron's Our Boys (1875); but though good in comedy, he was at his best in melodrama, in which he played at the Adelphi Theatre for many years. His finest and most memorable part was Coupeau in Drink (1879), an adaptation of Zola's novel L'Assommoir in which he collaborated with Charles Reade. He made his last appearance in 1906 in The Winter's Tale, playing Leontes to the Hermione of Ellen Terry, before going to America where he committed suicide.

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

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