Webster, Benjamin Nottingham

ACTOR (GREAT-BRITAIN)
BORN 3 Mar 1797, Bath - DIED 8 Jul 1882
GRAVE LOCATION London: Brompton Cemetery, Old Brompton Road, West Brompton (4E)

Benjamin Webster was the son of a dancing master. He appeared as Harlequin and in small parts at Drury Lane before he took leading parts at the Haymarket Theatre from 1829 onwards. He was the manager of the Haymarket from 1837 to 1853 and he built the Adelphi Theatre that opened in 1859. Later he took control of other theatres in London as well.

He was a well respected character actor and also the author or adaptor of many plays. In 1874 he left the stage. The actor Ben Webster (1864-1947) is his grandson.

Related persons
• corresponded with Collins, Wilkie
• was a friend of Mathews, Charles

Sources
Wikipedia (English)
The Adelphi Theatre 1806-1900 Theatre Management

Images

The grave of Benjamin Webster at Brompton Cemetery, London.
Picture by androom (27 May 2004)

 


Wedekind, Frank

Published: 29 Jun 2013
Last update: 29 Jun 2013