Margaret Woffington

Standard Name: Woffington, Margaret
Used Form: Peg Woffington


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Friends, Associates Frances Brooke
Brooke met manager Tate Wilkinson some time during the 1750s, probably after 1756. Her other friends in the theatre world included comic actor James Quin
McMullen, Lorraine. An Odd Attempt in a Woman: The Literary Life of Frances Brooke. University of British Columbia Press.
Catto, Susan J. Modest Ambition: The Influence of Henry Fielding, Samuel Richardson, and the Ideal of Female Diffidence on Sarah Fielding, Charlotte Lennox, and Frances Brooke. University of Oxford.
and the actresses Peg Woffington (1714-1760) and Mary Ann Yates
Textual Features Vita Sackville-West
VSW has a sharp eye for women in history, for non-noble individuals who touched the story of Knole. As well as queens, duchesses, and countesses, she provides lively sketches of the actresses Nell Gwyn and...
Theme or Topic Treated in Text Christopher St John
The First Actress draws an implicit parallel between the admission of women to the vote and their admission to stage acting at the Restoration. Peggy Hughes , presented as first woman in the London professional...


December 1731: Peg Woffington, then a little-known but rising...

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December 1731

Peg Woffington , then a little-known but rising Irish actress, scored a resounding stage success in Dublin in the breeches role of Sir Harry Wildair, hero of George Farquhar 's comedy The Constant Couple (first...

22 October 1741: Horace Walpole reported the vogue for Peg...

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22 October 1741

Horace Walpole reported the vogue for Peg Woffington 's acting, which he thought due not to its quality but to her achievement in clawing her way up from poverty.

3 November 1852: Richard Bentley agreed to publish Charles...

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3 November 1852

Richard Bentley agreed to publish Charles Reade 's first novel, Peg Woffington.


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