Sarah Siddons, star of the stage

For this World Theatre Day, two images from our Woodward Collection showing the famous 18th century actress Sarah Siddons at the height of her success.

Here she is in 1782 as Euphrasia from the play The Grecian Daughter, by Arthur Murphy:

Euphrasia small

And here in her most famous role of Lady Macbeth, which she first performed on 2 February 1785. It was with this role that she bade farewell to the stage on 29 June 1812, when the audience refused to allow the play to continue after Lady Macbeth’s final scene, and Sarah Siddons returned to the stage to take her applause and give an emotional farewell speech.

Macbeth small

There are many other Shakespeare drawings in our Woodward collection, and do remember that you’re welcome to adopt any one of them.

Explore Your Archive – Theatricalia: Or, a Visit to the Playhouse

Miss Ellis presents several drawings by the much admir’d Mr George M. Woodward, to which are added further theatrical diversions from the collections of Derbyshire Record Office.

D5459/1/56 Sidonian Visages: or the working up of the Passions, George M. Woodward [1780s]

D5459/1/56 Sidonian Visages: or the working up of the Passions, George M. Woodward [1780s]

D5459/1/34/2 Mrs Siddons as Lady Macbeth, George M. Woodward, 1787

D5459/1/34/2 Mrs Siddons as Lady Macbeth, George M. Woodward, 1787

D5913/1 Wirksworth playbill, 1801

D5913/1 Wirksworth playbill, 1801

D258/7/5/31 (pt1) Letter from Thomas Hillyard to Mrs Blower asking for her patronage for Tideswell theatre with a list of plays

D258/7/5/31 (pt1) Letter from Thomas Hillyard to Mrs Blower asking for her patronage for Tideswell theatre with a list of plays, [c.1800s]

D258/7/5/31 (pt2) Letter from Thomas Hillyard to Mrs Blower asking for her patronage for Tideswell theatre with a list of plays, [c.1800s]

D258/7/5/31 (pt2) Letter from Thomas Hillyard to Mrs Blower asking for her patronage for Tideswell theatre with a list of plays, [c.1800s]

D258/7/5/30 Tideswell playbill, 1807

D258/7/5/30 Tideswell playbill, 1807

D5459/1/34/23 Mr Lewis in the character of Mercutio, George M. Woodward, 1787

D5459/1/34/23 Mr Lewis in the character of Mercutio, George M. Woodward, 1787

D24 Z/Z 15 Chesterfield playbill, 1804

D24 Z/Z 15 Chesterfield playbill, 1804

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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