See also:English actor, son of
See also:Benson of Alresford,.Hants, was
See also:born at Tunbridge
See also:Wells on the 4th of
See also:November 1858 . He came of a talented
See also:family, his elder
See also:brother, W . A . S . Benson (b . 1854), becoming well known in the
See also:world of
See also:art as one of the pioneers in the revival of English
See also:industrial craftsmanship, especially in the
See also:field of the metallic arts; and his younger brother, Godfrey Benson, being an active Liberal politician . He was educated at Winchester and New
See also:Oxford, and at the university was distinguished both as an athlete (winning the Inter-university three
See also:miles) and as an
See also:amateur actor . In the latter respect he was notable for producing at Oxford the first performance of a Greek
See also:play, the
See also:Agamemnon, in which many Oxford men who afterwards became famous in other
See also:fields took
See also:part . Mr Benson, on leaving Oxford, took to the professional stage, and made his first appearance at the
See also:Lyceum, under Irving, in Romeo and Juliet, as
See also:Paris, in 1882 . In the next
See also:year he went into manager.
See also:ship with a
See also:company of his own, taken over from Walter Bentley, and from this
See also:time he became gradually more and more prominent, both as an actor of leading parts himself and as the organizer of practically the only
See also:modern " stock company " touring through the provinces . In 1886 he married Gertrude
See also:Cockburn (Featherstonhaugh), who acted in his company and continued to play leading parts with him . Mr Benson's chief successes were gained out of
See also:London for some years, but in 1890 he had a
See also:season in London at the Globe and in 1900 at the Lyceum, and in later years he was seen with his repertoire at the Coronet .
His company included from time to time many actors and actresses who, having been trained under him, became prominent on their ownaccount, and both by his organization of this
See also:regular company and by his foundation of a dramatic school of acting in Igor, Mr Benson exercised a most important influence on the contemporary stage . From the first he devoted himself largely to the production of
See also:Shakespeare's plays, reviving many which had not been acted for generations, and his services to the cause of Shakespeare can hardly be overestimated . From 1888 onwards he managed the Stratford-on-
See also:Avon Shakespearian Festival . His romantic and intellectual
See also:powers as an actor, combined with his athletic and picturesque bearing and
See also:fine elocution, were conspicuously shown in his own impersonations, most remarkable among which were his
See also:Hamlet (in 1900 he produced this play without cuts in London), his Coriolanus, his
See also:Richard II., his
See also:Lear and his Petruchio .
EDWARD WHITE BENSON (182g—1896)
FRANK WESTON BENSON (1862— )
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