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    1. [THEATRE-UK] William Rogers - Comedian, Playwright, theatre manager
    2. I was on this list 16 years ago, looking for answers. I've learned a lot about the theatre scene in London in the mid 1800s since then. I found two William Rogers in the theatre at the same time. They were born within a year or two of each other and as one star faded, the other rose. Unsurprising, I am not the only one who was confused by this, and history has recorded them as one and the same. Mine was born 1802 in Stoke Damerel near Plymouth and grew up around the docks. He married Elizabeth Pindar in 1825, an actress, her father being John Pindar of the Bath Theatre Royal. William worked in the minor theatres of London - Britannia, Hoxton, Sadler's Wells, to name but a few. He was also a playwright - penning many of the burlesques, particularly those that involved sailors - Murphy's Weather Alamanac , Virginius the rum'un ,Tom Tiller and Jack Mizen, Black Hugh, The Outlaw; Paul, the reprobate, The Murder Hole, The Tinker of Todcaster, The Heart That Can Feel for Another and Cyril Woodbine. He managed Sadler's Wells with Tom Taylor in 1837 and he died in 1863. The other William Rogers was actually William Thomas Rogers born 1804 in Stoke East Nottingham. He was signed up for the Haymarket Drury Lane (a Major theatre) on 1 Oct 1846 - the exact day that the other William's wife died leaving him with many children to care for. My William battled on - he married again, to Maria Ridley and kept writing and acting until he died.The other William also married twice but had no children. He worked at Drury Lane until he died in 1876. I know I can't change the history books but hopefully this will remain among your achives for future reference.

    08/12/2019 07:32:10
    1. [THEATRE-UK] Re: William Rogers - Comedian, Playwright, theatre manager
    2. JOANNA BLATCHLEY
    3. Hello. Thanks for sharing your findings, very interesting. I love the titles of William's plays! Virginius the rum'un needs to be revived immediately! :-) On Tuesday, 13 August 2019, 02:36:00 BST, <genea52@gmail.com> wrote: I was on this list 16 years ago, looking for answers.  I've learned a lot about the theatre scene in London in the mid 1800s since then. I found two William Rogers in the theatre at the same time. They were born within a year or two of each other and as one star faded, the other rose. Unsurprising, I am not the only one who was confused by this, and history has recorded them as one and the same. Mine was born 1802 in Stoke Damerel near Plymouth and grew up around the docks. He married Elizabeth Pindar in 1825, an actress, her father being John Pindar of the Bath Theatre Royal.  William worked in the minor theatres of London - Britannia, Hoxton, Sadler's Wells, to name but a few. He was also a playwright - penning many of the burlesques, particularly those that involved sailors - Murphy's Weather Alamanac ,  Virginius the rum'un ,Tom Tiller and Jack Mizen,  Black Hugh, The Outlaw;  Paul, the reprobate, The Murder Hole, The Tinker of Todcaster, The Heart That Can Feel for Another and C yril Woodbine. He managed Sadler's Wells with Tom Taylor in 1837 and he died in 1863. The other William Rogers was actually William Thomas Rogers born 1804 in Stoke East Nottingham. He was signed up for the Haymarket Drury Lane (a Major theatre) on 1 Oct 1846 -  the exact day that the other William's wife died leaving him with many children to care for. My William battled on - he married again, to Maria Ridley and kept writing and acting until he died.The other William also married twice but had no children. He worked at Drury Lane until he died in 1876.  I know I can't change the history books but hopefully this will remain among your achives for future reference. _______________________________________________ Email preferences: http://bit.ly/rootswebpref Unsubscribe https://lists.rootsweb.com/postorius/lists/theatre-uk@rootsweb.com Privacy Statement: https://ancstry.me/2JWBOdY Terms and Conditions: https://ancstry.me/2HDBym9 Rootsweb Blog: http://rootsweb.blog RootsWeb is funded and supported by Ancestry.com and our loyal RootsWeb community

    08/12/2019 11:06:15