Monthly Archives: May 2011
‘No actor of our time deserved immortality as well as he’ Sir Max Beerbohm
‘It seemed miraculous how Dan Leno contrived to make you see before you the imaginary persons with whom he conversed… Continue reading
‘He could hardly walk, and certainly never dance, without raising a smile, but he had a hundred different ways of walking and dancing, each appropriate to the person he was representing.’ The Times
Joseph Grimaldi (18 December 1778 – 31 May 1837) Known as ‘The most celebrated of English clowns’, credited with being ‘the first white-face clown’. Joseph Grimaldi’s performances made the Clown the central character in the English Harlequinades.
Richard Findlater (Kenneth Bruce Findlater Bain) (1921 – 1985) English theatre critic and historian. One of Britain’s most respected writers on the theatre. Continue reading