Bancroft, Squire, 1841-1926.
Billy Rose Theatre Division
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Squire Bancroft's letter book consists of autograph documents (notes and brief letters) and clipped autographs,written by prominent 19th century theatrical figures, including William C. Macready, Charlotte Cushman, Lester Wallack, Junius Brutus Booth, Tommaso Salvini, Laura Keane,Sir Henry Irving, Ellen Terry, and others. Some notes are addressed to Marie Bancroft.
Squire Bancroft (1841-1926), English actor-manager, playedhundreds of roles in a theatrical career which spanned over fifty years, and brought him into contact with most of the leading English theatrical figures of his day. Born May 14, 1861, of well-to-do means, Squire Bancroft was educated privately in England and France. He made his stage debut in 1861 at the Theatre Royal, Birmingham, toured the provinces, then made his London debut in 1865 at the Prince of Wales Theatre as Jack Crawley in A WINNING HAZARD, under the management of H. J. Byron and prominent actress Marie Wilton (1839-1921). He married Miss Wilton in 1867, and joined her in theatrical management. Over the next eighteen years, in addition to his management duties, Squire Bancroft played many leadingroles in contemporary plays as well as works by Shakespeare and Sheridan. He retired from management in 1885, but continued acting until 1918; he also wrote threebooks, one in collaboration with his wife. Sir Squire Bancroft died on April 19, 1926, at the age of 84.
Controlled Access Terms
- Bancroft, Squire, 1841-1926.
- Bancroft, Marie, 1839-1921.
- Actors -- England.
- Actresses -- England.
- Theater -- History -- 19th century.
- Letter books.
Additional Creator Names
- Wallack, Lester, 1820-1888.
- Irving, Henry, Sir, 1838-1905.
- Terry, Ellen, Dame, 1847-1928.