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Wilson Barrett

William Henry Barrett (1846 - 1904), known as Wilson Barrett, was a British playwright and actor. He managed a number of provincial theatres before taking over the management of various London theatres, including the Court Theatre in 1879 and the Princess’s Theatre in 1881. He also managed the Globe Theatre for a short period between December 1887 and May 1888, and undertook several successful tours of the U.S. with his Company. He was a champion of the melodrama genre, and saw his own role as “pleasing and educating a popular audience” (Emeljanow 2004). Schreiner’s only extant letter to Barrett dates from 1888 and indicates that they had met on at least one occasion; in it she apologises for missing a subsequent meeting at which it seems she was to be introduced to Brett Harte.

For further information see:
Victor Emeljanow (2004) ‘Barrett, Wilson (1846-1904)’ Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Oxford University Press http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/30616
James Thomas (1984) The Art of the Actor-Manager: Wilson Barrett and the Victorian Theatre Ann Arbor: UMI Research
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