Sheridan, Richard Brinsley, 1751-1816

Alternative names
Dates:
Birth 1751-11-04
Death 1816-07-07
Irish (Republic of Ireland)
English

Biographical notes:

Dramatist and Parliamentary leader.

From the description of Autograph address on an envelope signed : Dublin Castle, to Edmond Malone 1785 Oct. 20. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270662003

From the description of Autograph letter in the third person : to Mr. Elliston, the actor, 1795 July 5. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270662070

From the description of Autograph address on an envelope signed : to R.W. Elliston. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270661995

Epithet: of Add MS 30348

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000878.0x0002fe

Richard Brinsley Sheridan was born in Dublin, Ireland and raised in London. He became the manager and part-owner of the Drury Lane Theatre in 1776. He wrote several plays, including the comedies The Rivals (1775) and The School for Scandal (1780). He also served as a Minister of Parliament from 1780 to 1812.

From the description of Papers, 1776-1815. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 85213355

From the description of Richard Brinsley Sheridan papers connected with the Drury Lane Theatre. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 777410826

Epithet: of Add MS 39900

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000878.0x000305

Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816) was born in Dublin, Ireland and raised in London. He became the manager and part-owner of the Drury Lane Theatre in 1776. He wrote several plays, including the comedies The Rivals (1775) and The School for Scandal (1780). He also served as a Minister of Parliament from 1780 to 1812. Sheridan's second wife was Hester Jane Ogle (born ca. 1775 - died 1817) whom he called "Hecca," the daughter of the dean of Winchester. They married on 1795 April 27.

From the description of Richard Brinsley Sheridan letters to Hester Jane Ogle Sheridan, ca. 1797-1804 and undated. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 612814546

Richard Sheridan was an English playwright and politician. He was elected to the House of Commons in 1780 and served the government in various capacities until 1811.

From the description of Notes : for parliamentary speeches : manuscript, [ca. 1780-1811]. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 612821625

Sheridan's seat was nearby at Polesden Lacey.

From the description of Release from Richard Brinsley Butler Sheridan to Giles Long of Blackfriars, Surrey, Gent. and his trustee, George Collingwood of St. Saviour's Churchyard, Surrey, Gent. [manuscript], 1804 January 3. (Folger Shakespeare Library). WorldCat record id: 519611557

Richard Brinsley Sheridan was an Anglo-Irish dramatist and theater manager associated with the Drury Lane Theatre and the author of The rivals (1775), The critic (1779), and other comedies. He was a Member of Parliament, 1780-1812, where he was a noted orator.

From the description of R.B. Sheridan letters to Dear Sir, between 1775 and 1800? (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 70247619

Richard Brinsley Sheridan, playwright.

From the description of The rivals : typescript, 2004. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 79468096

British statesman and dramatist.

From the description of Letter to "My Dear Sir," ca. 1798? (Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens). WorldCat record id: 122565266

Richard Brinsley Sheridan, Irish by birth, was a playwright and held the patent for Drury Lane Theatre from 1778-1809. Throughout his long career in Parliament he was a supporter of the Prince Regent and an ally of Fox.

From the description of Sheridan papers, 1787-1812. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 84554005

From the description of Sheridan papers, 1787-1812. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702146709

Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816) was a playwright, theatre proprietor, and politician. He was born in Dublin, Ireland and later moved to London. He became the manager and part-owner of the Drury Lane Theatre in 1776. He wrote several plays, including the comedies The Rivals (1775) and The School for Scandal (1780). He also served as a Minister of Parliament from 1780 to 1812.

From the description of Richard Brinsley Sheridan additional papers, 1771-1809. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 612379237

From the guide to the Richard Brinsley Sheridan additional papers, 1753-1868., (Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

Dramatist and parliamentary orator.

From the description of Papers, 1783-1788 and n.d. (Duke University Library). WorldCat record id: 24778371

Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816) was a playwright, theater proprietor, and politician. He was born in Dublin, Ireland and later moved to London. He became the manager and part-owner of the Drury Lane Theatre in 1776. He wrote several plays, including the comedies The Rivals (1775) and The School for Scandal (1780). He also served as a Minister of Parliament from 1780 to 1812.

From the description of Richard Brinsley Sheridan additional papers, 1781-1814. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 779706176

From the guide to the Richard Brinsley Sheridan additional papers, 1781-1814., (Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816) was born in Dublin, Ireland and raised in London. He became the manager and part-owner of the Drury Lane Theatre in 1776. He wrote several plays, including the comedies The Rivals (1775) and The School for Scandal (1780). He also served as a Minister of Parliament from 1780 to 1812.

From the guide to the Papers, 1776-1815., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

Irish dramatist and Parliamentary leader.

From the description of Autograph note signed : [n.p.], to Mr. Shaw, 1807 Aug. 7. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270664480

From the description of Autograph letter signed : [London], to Robert Crispin of the firm of Crispin and Exley, attorneys, [17]76 Jan. 12. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270663257

From the description of Autograph letter signed : [n.p.], to C. Carpenter, [no year] May 25. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270663475

From the description of Autograph order signed : [n.p.], to Joseph Richardson, 1796 May 19. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270664509

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Holland House, to Richard Wilson, 1808 May 2. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270662673

From the description of Autograph letter signed with initials : [n.p.], to John Taylor, [1816?]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270664097

From the description of Autograph retained draft unsigned of a letter written for the Prince of Wales to George III : [London], [1787-1788 after 25 May 1787]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270664542

From the description of Autograph letter signed : [n.p.], to Ozias Humphry, 1780 Aug. 18. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270663480

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Polesden, to James Ai[c]kin, Monday morning, [Autumn 1798?]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270663682

From the description of Autograph letter signed with initials : [London], to John Graham, Saturday Night [1806 Sept. 13]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270664094

The Drury Lane Theatre (also later known as the Theatre in Drury Lane; the Royal Theatre, Drury Lane; and Theatre Royal, Drury Lane) is one of London's most famous theaters. It was first erected under a charter granted by Charles II in 1662, and it opened in 1663 but burned down in 1672. There have since been three rebuildings of the theater on the same site. The second theater was opened in 1674 and much later fell into disrepair. The third Drury Lane Theatre, designed by Henry Holland, opened in 1794, but burned down in 1809. The fourth Drury Lane (which still stands in 2008) opened in 1812.

Richard Brinsley Sheridan was born in Dublin, Ireland and raised in London. He became the manager and part-owner of the Drury Lane Theatre in 1776. He wrote several plays, including the comedies The Rivals (1775) and The School for Scandal (1780). He also served as a Minister of Parliament from 1780 to 1812.

Sheridan negotiated to buy David Garrick's controlling share of the second Drury Lane Theatre, and in September 1776, the theater opened under Sheridan's management. From 1791 to 1794, Sheridan was involved in the rebuilding of the third Drury Lane Theatre and became involved in complicated financial dealings and debts to fund the venture. Other proprietors at this time were Joseph Richardson and John Grubb; all three were later involved in civil law suits concerning financial mis-management. When the third theater burned in 1809, Sheridan was deeply in debt and had to agree for Samuel Whitbread to take charge of funding and rebuilding the theater. When the fourth Drury Lane Theatre opened in 1811, Sheridan was excluded from any share in the management. Sheridan died penniless in 1816.

John Grubb of Horsenden (1751-1812) was a friend of Sheridan's and an investor and joint-proprietor in the third Drury Lane Theatre.

From the guide to the Richard Brinsley Sheridan papers connected with the Drury Lane Theatre, 1768-1825., (Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816) was born in Dublin, Ireland and raised in London. He became the manager and part-owner of the Drury Lane Theatre in 1776. He wrote several plays, including the comedies The Rivals (1775) and The School for Scandal (1780). He also served as a Minister of Parliament from 1780 to 1812.

Sheridan's second wife was Hester Jane Ogle (born ca. 1775 - died 1817) whom he called "Hecca," the daughter of the dean of Winchester. They married on 1795 April 27.

From the guide to the Richard Brinsley Sheridan letters to, Hester Jane Ogle Sheridan, ca. 1797-1804 and undated., (Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

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  • Statesmen's spouses--Correspondence
  • Theater management
  • Theater--18th century
  • Dramatists, English--18th century--Correspondence
  • English drama
  • English poetry--18th century
  • Dramatists, English--18th century--Manuscripts
  • Theatrical managers--Correspondence
  • Dramatists, English--18th century
  • Playwriting--18th century
  • Irish question
  • Theater management--18th century
  • Colonial administrators--History--18th century
  • Theater--History--18th century
  • Theatrical managers
  • Legislators--Correspondence
  • English essays--18th century
  • English drama--19th century
  • Legislators
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  • Prompt-book
  • Catholics--Legal status, laws, etc
  • Catholics--Legal status, laws, etc.--Ireland
  • Political oratory--History--18th century
  • English drama--18th century
  • Catholic emancipation

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