Barton Booth


Barton Booth

Barton Booth (1681 – 10 May 1733) was one of the most famous dramatic actors of the first part of the 18th century.

Booth was from Lancashire and was educated at Westminster School, where his success in the Latin play "Andria" gave him an inclination for the stage. He was intended for the church; but in 1698 he ran away from Trinity College, Cambridge, and obtained employment in a theatrical company in Dublin, where he made his first appearance as the title character in Aphra Behn's "Oroonoko".

London Success

After two seasons in Ireland he returned to London, where Thomas Betterton, who had previously failed to help him, probably out of regard for Booth's family, now gave him all the assistance in his power. At the Lincoln's Inn Fields Theatre (1700-1704) he first appeared as Maximus in "Valentinian", and his success was immediate. He was at the Haymarket with Betterton from 1705 to 1708, and for the next twenty years at Drury Lane. In 1713 he joint-managed the theater with Thomas Doggett, Colley Cibber, and Robert Wilks. On his death, Booth was buried in Westminster Abbey.

Roles

His greatest parts, after the title-part of Joseph Addison's "Cato", which established his reputation as a tragedian, were probably Hotspur and Brutus. His "King Lear" was deemed worthy of comparison with David Garrick's. As the ghost in "Hamlet" he is said never to have had a superior. Among his other Shakespearian rôles were Mark Antony, Timon of Athens and Othello. He also played to perfection the gay Lothario in Nicholas Rowe's "The Fair Penitent". Booth was twice married; his second wife, Hester Santlow, a noted actress, survived him. He was a "poet and acholar as well as actor, and certainly a man of genius...." [Winter, p. 354.]

Notes

Bibliography

*See Cibber, "Lives and Characters of the most eminent Actors and Actresses" (1753).
** An etext version is available at the [http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/etcbin/toccer-new?id=Cib2Apo&tag=public&
]
*Victor, "Memoirs of the Life of Barton Booth" (1733).

References

* Winter, William. "Shakespeare on the Stage". New York, Moffat, Yard and Co., 1915.
*1911


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