Twice Removed Series 3 Episode 4
No matter whether your ancestors appeared on stage, worked behind the curtain or watched performances from their seats…the theatre was a big part of their lives. Find out about the entertainment enjoyed by your ancestors in the 18th Century. Just how long were theatre shows? How did you get your tickets, where did you sit and what would you have watched? Genealogist, author and all-round theatre expert Michelle Holman helps me to find out more!
Watch Michelle Holman discuss A History of 18th Century Theatre
Listen to A History of 18th Century Theatre with Michelle Holman
18th Century Theatre History
You can listen to all series and episodes of Twice Removed on the podcast (of the same name), available on Apple, Stitcher, Spotify and more.
A Spotlight on Michelle Holman
Michelle is a genealogist, researcher and author. She has researched subjects for authors and other researchers ranging from the history of the Rolls Royce to the lives of French immigrants fleeing from the French Revolution to Plymouth.
Michelle began researching family trees in 1985 and studied with the University of Strathclyde and now hold a Post Graduate Certificate in Genealogy, Palaeography and Heraldic Studies. I gained further experience of reference materials and research methods whilst working as a Reference Librarian. I am also a trained Music Cataloguer.
Michelle has been working on an 18th century music project for several years and welcomes suggestions and contributions.
- Hathi Trusts’s online version of: A biographical dictionary of actors, actresses, musicians, dancers, managers & other stage personnel in London, 1660-1800, by Philip H. Highfill, Jr., Kalman A. Burnim, and Edward A. Langhans.
- The Burney Collection of newspapers and pamphlets at the British Library.
- The Gale Collection (note this is also available at the British Library)
- Wills, see this guide to finding pre-1858 wills.
- Theatre Account Books, see more info on using this source here.
- Playbill collections in University libraries.
- Theatre Calendars (many can be found online in Google Books, the Internet Archive or via Hathi Trust
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