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1740 - Peg Woffington arrives in London
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She is an immediate success with the public. For almost the next two decades, she will be a major star of the London theatre.

She will specialize to some extent in breeches parts: parts where she performs in men's clothes. But her range is wide and she will also play fashionable ladies, female character parts and tragic heroines.

Her performances in the role of the fop Sir Harry Wildair will become a cult; everyone will flock to see them.

Peg Woffington is only one of several Irish actors and actresses who achieve outstanding success in eighteenth-century London. Others include:

Charles Macklin (c.1700-1797), famous for his dignified and tragic Shylock
James Quin (1693-1766), a leading player of tragic parts
Kitty Clive, born Catherine Raftor (1711-1785), who was best known for her performances in comedy and farce
Thomas Sheridan (1719-1788), a leading actor and theatre manager
George Anne Bellamy (c. 1727-1788), who was best at romantic and tragic roles


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